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To make up the gap, organizers spent $5 million donated by corporations to rent the convention hall and borrowed nearly $8 million more from a credit line underwritten by a corporation, according to financial disclosure reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

MISSOURI

McCaskill calls Akin extreme; he links her to Obama

CLAYTON — Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill cast herself as a moderate and portrayed Republican challenger Rep. W. Todd Akin as an extremist in their final debate of a contentious Senate race in Missouri. Mr. Akin repeatedly linked Mrs. McCaskill to the policies of President Obama.

The candidates took opposite strategies.

During Thursday night’s debate at a high school in suburban St. Louis, Mrs. McCaskill touted her work with Republican senators to limit earmarks and cap federal spending while Mr. Akin tied her to Mr. Obama’s policies on health care, spending and federal deficits.

The debate remained largely cordial but closed with some personal charges. Mrs. McCaskill claimed women have been paid less in Mr. Akin’s congressional office. Mr. Akin claimed Mrs. McCaskill’s family has benefited from $39 million in federal housing subsidies paid to her husband’s business interests.

REPUBLICANS

GOP says it raised nearly $55M for convention

The group that hosted the Republican National Convention says it raised $55.3 million for the GOP’s festivities in Tampa, Fla.

Financial documents filed Wednesday show hundreds of individuals and corporations contributed to the August GOP convention.

High-dollar donations included $5 million from Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who has poured tens of millions of dollars into the presidential race. More than $100,000 apiece in contributions came from household names including Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The party conventions raise money to pay for tony political shindigs beyond what taxpayer dollars fund.

DEBATE

CNN: Obama spoke longer, Romney spoke more

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