The NRA and Gun Reform: The Key Races We’re Watching

The NRA and Gun Reform: The Key Races We’re Watching

Election 2020 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a link to this page Election Day is here, and the National Rifle Association has spent $23 million on federal races — less than half of the record-shattering total it directed toward electing Donald Trump and a slate of Republicans in 2016. Despite its reduced budget, the gun group was still among the larger political underwriters for the GOP this season, blanketing swing states with anti-Biden ads. The National Rifle Association poured 70 percent of its federal election spending into the presidential race, backing Trump with TV and digital advertising, canvassing, and mailers. Everytown for Gun Safety put just under half of its federal spending behind Biden — nearly $10 million. The NRA spent more than $1 million dollars in only one congressional race this year, for the senator representing North Carolina. It’s a dramatic reduction from 2016, when the gun group flooded six races with more than $1 million each. The throttled budget comes as the NRA faces expensive legal challenges brought by the attorneys general of New York and Washington, D.C., stemming from allegations of widespread financial impropriety . While the NRA has been able to mobilize gun owners to donate — it raised more this August than in any single month of 2016 — it’s unclear whether that will translate into electoral wins. “The NRA’s fundraising is doing very well,” said Alan Gottlieb, the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, […]

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