The Family Research Council offered strong support for Todd Akin on Monday afternoon.Speaking of "under investigation," the FEC investigated and fined a campaign run by Perkins for hiding a payment to former Klansman David Duke. From the Nation:
“This is an effort to try to direct attention away from … Claire McCaskill, who has been supportive of Planned Parenthood — an organization that’s been under investigation for criminal activity,” FRC President Tony Perkins said in between meetings of the RNC platform committee.
Four years ago, Perkins addressed the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), America's premier white supremacist organization, the successor to the White Citizens Councils, which battled integration in the South. In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list. At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana. The Federal Election Commission fined the campaign Perkins ran $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke.If the FRC wants to play "guilt by investigation," then let's.
So, the entire GOP is up in arms of Akin's comments, and the FRC publicly weighs in on Akin's behalf. Real pulse of the nation, FRC has. Let's hope the GOP takes all of their advice all the way to election day. And in fact, it seems they are. The Republican party let the FRC write the anti-gay language for the GOP platform. The language also includes, of course, a swipe at judges - you'll recall that GOP attacks on judges in the past caused Sandra Day O'Connor to admonish Republicans for possibly inciting violence.
There really is no limit to how extreme the Republican party has become.