Politics
8:42 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Akin claims McCaskill benefited from stimulus

Republican challenger Todd Akin is going on the offensive against Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill by claiming her husband's businesses profited from the federal stimulus act.

Akin began running a TV ad Monday claiming "the stimulus made McCaskill rich." In an interview with The Associated Press, Akin noted that the 2009 stimulus law funded a federal program for low-income housing that directed about $1 million to corporations affiliated with McCaskill's husband.

McCaskill said Akin's assertions are "completely wrong." McCaskill's campaign says her husband has only a small ownership stake and received just several thousand dollars from the companies at issue.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development says the $2 billion in the stimulus act funded subsidies that already were due under government contracts and helped avoid delayed payments.