Congressman Dennis Rehberg’s attempts to distance himself from Missouri Congressman Todd Akin become more difficult today after it was revealed that Rehberg’s own political action committee, BOOT PAC, gave $5,000 to Akin’s Senate campaign in June of last year. Rehberg had previously benefited from a big media splash when he gave away Akin’s donation to his campaign, but he declined to mention his own donation to Akin.
Here’s a screenshot from Congressman Rehberg’s July 2011 FEC report (Page 10).
Rehberg’s donation to Akin’s campaign came long before Missouri’s recent Senate primary election. Rehberg choose to donate to Akin but not to the leading GOP candidate in that race, John Brunner, or to Sarah Steelman who had previously been the frontrunner in the primary.
Here’s a transcript from Congressman Rehberg’s appearance on the Laura Ingraham’s conservative talk radio show yesterday, in which Rehberg said what a nice guy he thinks Akin is:
DENNIS REHBERG: … I wanted to take the money I received from Todd and give it to the Florence Crittenton Home in Helena for teen pregnancy and babies and such just to show a line of support to that. And I distanced myself from Todd…
LAURA INGRAHAM: Do you know Akin personally?
REHBERG: Oh yeah. We were freshmen together back in 2001. We were sworn in at the same time.
INGRAHAM: Is he a nice guy?
REHBERG: He’s a very nice guy. He wears his religion on his shoulder. You know—it’s what in his heart. He thinks pro-life. He is very adamant about his position so, that’s just Todd Akin.
Rehberg and Akin also both cosponsored draconian bills in the U.S. House of Representatives restricting women’s health care.
H.R. 358 is the Let Women Die Bill, which I wrote about Rehberg’s support for here. According to a National Women’s Law Center analysis, the bill ”would allow any hospital to refuse to perform an emergency abortion—even if a woman would die— without running afoul of the federal law designed to prevent individuals from being denied emergency medical treatment,”
H.R. 3, (post here) would prevent the following situations from “counting” as rape: women who are drugged or verbally threatened and raped, minors impregnated by adults, and women who say no but do not physically fight off the perpetrator for fear of being murdered.