HOT BLAST: The NRA and its money
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NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre
It's no secret that the amount of money spent on lobbying, in politics and in advertising for gun-control issues is overwhelming. The recent attention given to the National Rifle Association has made that money a front-and-center topic in America, where shootings such as the one in Newtown, Conn., remain vivid in our memories.

Consider this paragraph from a recent story from Mother Jones magazine:

"The power of the gun lobby is rooted in multiple factors, among them the pure passion and single-mindedness of many gun owners, the NRA's demonstrated ability to motivate its most fervent members to swarm their elected representatives, and the lobby's ability to get out the vote on election day. But there's little doubt that money, the political power it represents, and the fear of that power and money, which the NRA deftly exploits, have a lot to do with the group's ability to repeatedly control the national debate about guns. Whether that fear is justified is an intriguing question—but it clearly exists. That has, perhaps, never been clearer than it was last month on Capitol Hill."

The story, "What the NRA's Millions Do—And Don't—Buy," is a good long-read for those interested in how the NRA spends its money and which politicians of both major parties receive it.

-- Phillip Tutor

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