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3:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mo. Democratic Party Files Ethics Complaints Against Akin

Todd Akin (left) and Newt Gingrich (right) speak to press on Monday. Akin addressed claims of changing his stance for campaign cash.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Update 9/27/12 9:30 AM with response from Akin campaign.

The Missouri Democratic Party has filed ethics complaints against Todd Akin, alleging wrongdoing for coordinating with a Super PAC in exchange for campaign cash.

Two complaints were filed against Akin by the party:

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Claire McCaskill
5:22 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Senate votes down McCaskill ban on earmarks

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Senator Claire McCaskill says she is disappointed that a permanent ban on earmarks failed in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

The Missouri Democrat and a Republican colleague, Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania, attempted to attach the ban as an amendment to a bill outlawing insider trading by Congress. The attempt fell short of the 60 votes needed.

In a recorded statement provided by the Senator's office, McCaskill called earmarking a flawed process.

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Claire McCaskill/Earmarks
5:42 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

McCaskill report concludes US House members circumvented earmark ban

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

A report issued Monday by Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri concludes that US House members circumvented a ban on earmark spending more than 100 times. (read full report here)

House Republicans banned earmarks last fall for two years to curb government spending. But, McCaskill's report finds that the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used tricks to allow more than $800 million in earmarks be inserted in the 2012 Defense authorization bill.

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Claire McCaskill
12:57 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

McCaskill introduces legislation for permanent ban on earmarks

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. answers a reporter's question during a press conference announcing the Earmark Elimination Act of 2011. The proposal seeks to permanently ban earmarks.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Missouri's Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill introduced legislation Wednesday to put a permanent ban on earmarks, the legislative practice of funding specific projects.

Currently, there is a temporary ban on earmarks in place.

Speaking to reporters during a conference call this morning, McCaskill says projects need to compete on merit.

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