NRA Threatens ‘Punishment’ For Politicians’ Refusal To Toe The Line

Author: February 21, 2013 7:44 pm

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The National Rifle Association is positioning itself for the fight of its life. With this current national push to address violence by the majority of the nation, they have put everything on the table…”All In” as their 2012 election motto says. So in looking at them, what do we really see? Three things show up on the surface. First, the is a powerful lobbying organization, gathering tens of millions of dollars from and, more importantly from manufacturers, retailers and special interest groups. They constantly tout their success when it comes to fundraising and leveraging politicians.
Second, they like to show the power of their membership…the grassroots of the and third we see the political and philosophical  makeup of those members.

Of Clout and Credibility…

David Keene, CEO of the National Rifle Association says the organization will “punish” Congressmen who don’t toe the NRA line…Congressmen who, in the face of national pressure to solve the problems of violence choose to vote to solve the problems and not support the ’s intransigent positions. Never mind that, over the past 15 years those intransigent positions have changed, many 180 degrees. Their position on background checks is an example. In 1999 said “it’s reasonable to provide mandatory instant background checks for every sale at every show. No loopholes anywhere, for anyone.” Today he says it wouldn’t do “any good to extend the law to private sales between hobbyists and collectors.” He called the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) “a failure.”

It brings up the question of influence by a group which has a fluid, often changing set of working principles, those foundation issues with which it threatens Congressmen with the “wrath of the ” should they ignore demands.

The Federal Election Commission records the fundraising and expenditures of PACs. The Victory Fund is one such PAC [Committee ID : C00053553]. Through the reporting period of January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012 the PVF brought in $14,379,498 and expended on behalf of their position $11,159,493. What happened next is a matter of statistics and interpretation. Suffice to say the -ILA has a differing view of their success in the 2012 election cycle than the hard data shows.

Much of the results of spending for any election can be boiled down to a few variables. 1. Candidate supported or opposed, 2. How much was spent to assist or oppose that candidate, and 3. Election success. It is pretty simple. A PAC…any PAC picks those in whom they believe in the horse race, they put their money down and, after the finish line either cash in their tickets or they toss them in the garbage.


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