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Who's advising Akin: A look into the congressman's consulting firm

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By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) - A media group associated with the Republican Party is helping Congressman Todd Akin  in his embattled U.S. Senate campaign.

The Ohio based firm, named The Strategy Media Group, claims it is recognized as the top GOP media firm, helping to elect more new republicans to Congress than any firm in the last decade. Ironically, it's CEO, Rex El-Sass appeared on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's radio show last Thursday, where he and host laughed about Vice President Joe Biden's "chain's comment."

In another twist of irony, Rex El-Sass also represents the Republican National Committee and the Republican Senatorial Campaign Comittee, both of whom pulled their funding from the U.S. Senate race in Missouri.

Akin released a new ad apologizng for his controversial remarks. The ad, shot in Ohio on Monday, follows the approach of the consultant: Get the apology out, fast!

Despite Akin's comments regarding rape and abortion he refuses to drop out of the race. Several prominent Missouri Republicans including current U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, and former U.S. Senators John Danforth, Jim Talent, Kit Bond are urging Akin to drop out; Presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney has also called on Akin to step aside.

Many Republicans fear his comments could jeopardize the party's chances of defeating incumbent Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and possibly endanger its chances of re-taking control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in 6 years.

Akin appeared earlier Tueday on the Dana Loesch Show on 97.1 FM, a conservative radio show and suggested he's the only one with the courage to see it through.

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