The National Rifle Association’s political activity as well as spending can be Once more under scrutiny following the shooting massacre at a South Florida school.
Of the tens of millions of dollars the NRA has spent in the past in support of gun rights, a relatively little share goes directly to individual members of Congress, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
For the 2016 election cycle, the group spent just over $1 million on candidates for federal office. Congressional candidates through Florida, including Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, received the third-biggest total through NRA PACs; individual members, employees or owners; as well as individuals’ immediate families, according to the CRP.
Only candidates through California as well as Texas, the nation’s most populous states, received bigger totals. Florida can be estimated to hold the third-biggest population.
The total spent toward individual candidates compares with $3.2 million on lobbying in 2016 as well as some $54.4 million on outside spending. The latter category includes spending on issue-oriented campaigns in which may benefit a particular candidate however isn’t tied directly to the candidate’s campaign.
One reason for the relatively little amount of direct spending on federal candidates may be in which much of the battle over gun regulation can be being fought in statehouses, not on Capitol Hill. While federal gun laws are relatively weak, the number of state regulations governing the purchase as well as use of firearms varies greatly.
California, with some of the strictest gun regulations from the country, had 104 provisions related to guns as of 2016, according to a state-by-state inventory by stategunlaws.org, a group in which tracks gun regulations.
Idaho as well as Montana, with just four gun-related provisions each, had the fewest.
As for NRA campaign contributions, the overwhelming majority of in which group’s direct spending, roughly 0 cents on the dollar, goes to Republicans.
The biggest states, with the largest congressional delegations, tend to see the most NRA spending on candidates supporting gun rights.