Akin Loses Support of His Biggest Contributor
"Honeywell supports those who support the policies most important to our businesses and help drive the U.S economy and create American jobs," Honeywell spokesman Robert Ferris said in an email. "The donation made to Rep. Akin was made prior to his recent controversial comment."
"The Anheuser-Busch Political Action Committee has made bipartisan campaign contributions to numerous candidates throughout the United States during this election cycle, including $10,000 in contributions to Rep. Todd Akin," Christine Czernejewski, InBev's spokeswoman, said in an email. "The contributions to Rep. Akin were made prior to his announced candidacy for the U.S. Senate."
"Giving by the Boeing PAC (BPAC) supports candidates with whom we have alignment on issues of interest to the candidate and Boeing," said a Boeing spokesperson, who said the company didn't want to ascribe a name to the comment. "That does not mean we agree on every issue with every candidate to whom BPAC gives support. Both the candidates and Boeing understand that we can disagree on certain issues."
Northrop Grumman spokeswoman Margaret Mitchell-Jones said the company declined to comment.
Republicans, including presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have sought to distance themselves from Akin, who later apologized. Akin said women rarely are impregnated during rapes as the stress endured doesn't allow their eggs to be fertilized, which isn't backed up by science.
Akin said Monday on his Twitter account that he would not drop out: "I am in this race to win. We need a conservative Senate."
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.
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