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October 25, 2014

As Obama Pushes Gun Rules, NRA PAC War Chest Tops $10 Million

It’s understandable that the Obama administration has taken new executive actions on gun control, since the war chest of the NRA PAC is estimated to be over the $10 million mark in cash on hand.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced the president’s action to curb the import of military surplus weapons and to propose a federal rule to close a current loophole that allows those who would be ineligible to pass a background check to register certain guns to a corporation or trust. The administration feels these actions could be taken without action by Congress.

Congress is usually the battleground where the National Rifle Association does well. It contributes heavily to members of Congress, makes large independent expenditures for and against candidates and mobilizes its membership to contact their member of Congress. New gun control efforts have been stalled in Congress.

Based on the PAC’s monthly receipts, Political MoneyLine estimates that the National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund has more than $10 million cash on hand at the end of August. The PAC reported it had $9,332,152 cash on hand at the end of July, during which they raised $1.2 million. In May and June the PAC raised more than $750,000 each month.

The PAC has been storing up cash and making few expenditures so far this year. Through the end of July, the PAC had raised $8.3 million and spent $32,033. The PAC has had receipts of more than $1 million in five of the last seven months. The PAC gave $179,000 to candidates and committees, with 96 percent going to Republicans. View 2013-2014 financial profile.

In the full 2011-2012 cycle, the PAC raised $14.5 million and spent $16.2 million. They gave $1.2 million to candidates and committees and spent $12 million on independent expenditures against Barack Obama and more than $2 million supporting Mitt Romney. View 2012-2014 financial profile.

The National Rifle Association reported spending $2,660,000 on lobbying in the last four quarters. View lobby summary.

  • Unc Remus

    Obozo is a Putz, a tinhorn foppish wannabe Thug.

  • Ravi32

    I just gave $250 to the NRA ILA and I am a registered Democrat.
    Scapegoating law abiding gun owners is not only harmful to the Bill of Rights, it is a distraction from the real caused of violent crime.
    The President and the Democratic Party have really disappointed me on this issue.

  • MenotYou

    Shame on you Kent Cooper for your blatant attempt to push your agenda through misinformation.

    “curb the import of military surplus weapons” ALL modern military firearms are select fire weapons. Select fire weapons are banned from importation. The firearms that are in question are M1 Garands and M1 Carbines from WWII. They are antiques that only collectors buy.

    “current loophole that allows those who would be ineligible to pass a
    background check to register certain guns to a corporation or trust.”
    This only applies to NFA firearms. Even with a trust, you must get ATF approval to own one of these weapons. It takes at least 4 months to get approval. If you wanted to buy the NFA version of an AR-15 it would cost you around $20,000. In all of US history, an NFA weapon has only been used in one murder. They are the toys of the rich.

    These executive actions will do nothing to stop gun violence. All these executive actions will do is make some antique firearms a little more expensive and rich guys, who want to pay between 15-100k for a single gun, will now have to get the letter from law enforcement that is required to buy these guns. Its the letter from law enforcement that these rich folk were trying to avoid by using a trust not the background checks. Law enforcement does not need a reason to deny your request for an NFA firearm, it doesn’t matter if you have a clean record they can still deny you.

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