Let’s call it what it is……CORRUPTION!

untitledBy any definition this so called ‘gun lobby’ is out and out bribery and is political corruption.

Attention is being thrust back on the gun lobby as lawmakers give gun control measures a fresh look in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting. Gun rights groups overwhelmingly support GOP candidates, contributing $5.9 million into Republican campaigns in the 2016 election cycle, compared with $106,000 to those of Democrats. It’s also the most money gun lobbyists have given in a campaign year since at least 1990.


given to Republicans in 2016 election cycle


given to Democrats in 2016 election cycle

Name Amount Party District Years in office
Paul Ryan $171,977 Republican Wisconsin, District 1 18
Ryan Zinke $79,068 Republican Montana, At-Large District 2
Martha McSally $77,063 Republican Arizona, District 2 2
Todd Young $73,785 Republican Indiana, District 9 6
Joe Heck $68,520 Republican Nevada, District 3 6
Mia Love $63,350 Republican Utah, District 4 2
Kevin McCarthy $42,000 Republican California, District 23 10
Will Hurd $35,850 Republican Texas, District 23 2
Kevin Yoder $34,050 Republican Kansas, District 3 6
Bruce Poliquin $32,400 Republican Maine, District 2 2
Mike Coffman $30,843 Republican Colorado, District 6 8
Ken Calvert $30,466 Republican California, District 42 24
Ed Royce $29,100 Republican California, District 39 24
Barbara Comstock $28,407 Republican Virginia, District 10 2
Scott Tipton $25,550 Republican Colorado, District 3 6

The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan think tank that tracks money in politics, found that in 2016 more than half of the members of the House of Representatives — or 232 of the 435 — received money from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. That money went disproportionately to Republicans. Only nine Democrats received campaign contributions from these groups.

POLITICO tallied contributions to representatives in the 2016 election cycle. Some, like Ryan Zinke, no longer serve in Congress. Zinke now heads the Department of the Interior, but he received $79,000 in 2016, making him the recipient of the second-highest contributions, after Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

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If your representative is not listed, they did not receive money from gun rights groups

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

POLITICO also analyzed gun lobbyist contributions from 1990 to 2017 to better understand what these contributions look like over the span of a politician’s career. We totaled contributions spanning nearly three decades and found Republicans consistently benefited; whereas, Democrats did not.

Of the 27 representatives who each received more than $100,000 since 1990, all were Republican. However, Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who has represented Minnesota’s 7th District for 26 years, is close to making the list at $98,500.

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