by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund raised about 2.75 times as much money in April as the leading gun-control PACs combined, filings with the Federal Election Commission revealed on Tuesday.
The NRA’s total of $1,852,323.28 represents a retreat from the record amount the group raised in March but is still more than the top three gun-control PACs combined. The Giffords PAC raised $653,510.53 in April, the Everytown for Gun Safety PAC raised $16,552.33, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Voter Education Fund raised $4,015.00. The three groups combined raised $674,077.86, which is $1,178,245.42 less than the NRA.
The NRA raised the majority of their money, $1,603,469.65, from small donors who gave less than $200. The other $243,903.58 came from individuals giving more than $200. The group’s PAC spent $78,926.50 in April and ended the month with $7,618,245.50 cash on hand. …
… The NRA PAC’s continued dominance in fundraising comes as the gun-control debate continues to dominate the headlines. Republican governors in Florida and Vermont have signed new gun-control laws in the wake of two deadly school shootings this year. Gun-control activists have organized national protests calling for new gun and magazine bans.
The NRA has attempted to counter the push through lawsuits as well as a new membership drive for its 501(c)(4) organization. The gun-rights group said it is nearing 6 million members and recently launched a campaign to enroll 100,000 new members in 100 days.