One person I didn’t expect to hear from this past weekend: Todd Akin.
Yet there he was, right in my e-mail’s inbox — sender, “Todd Akin.” More precisely, it was Republican Rep. Todd Akin, coming to me via the Daily Caller. The message carried the usual disclaimer noting that Akin’s opinions were his own and not necessarily those of the Daily Caller.
Inside the e-mail came Akin’s blast at the Republican Party establishment, which has called for him to pull out of his Missouri Senate race following his “legitimate rape” comments. Some Akin text:
For too long, the Party Bosses — the same ones that left Todd Akin for dead politicially — have come to you hat in hand for your support. They ask for your money, your time, and your energy.
They raise money from pro-life supporters like you and me, but they then turn around and give it to people like Scott Brown, but not Todd Akin. Enough is enough!
Like Mike Huckabee said: “If they don’t want us, then they don’t need us.”
Mike and Janet Huckabee have donated the maximum to Todd Akin because they know that Todd won’t just talk the talk, he will walk the walk.
Neil Patel, the publisher and CEO of the Daily Caller, notes that Akin didn’t buy the publication’s e-mail list, but rather paid a fee to have the Daily Caller blast his message to its database — an audience of a “couple hundred thousand.” The price for such a blast, notes Patel, is “really high” — though he declines to give specifics on the cost — and a “bunch of people have chosen not to pay that.” Such scarcity is a managed affair — Patel says that the Caller blasts its list less than once a week; the last time, he says, was during the Republican National Convention.
The Akin campaign clearly has high regard for the Daily Caller’s wares. After all, today’s Washington Post reports:
On Friday, several Missouri television stations said they were canceling Akin ad buys after receiving only half of the scheduled payments, a sign the campaign may already be running out of cash. Campaign officials said they were merely reallocating dollars to spend more closer to Election Day.
Rick Tyler, a senior adviser to the Akin campaign, wouldn’t comment on the particulars of the Daily Caller e-mail buy, except to note some ideological kinship: “Anybody that gives away a gun a week has got to be all right in my book,” says Tyler, referencing the Daily Caller’s gun giveaway program.