File under : #BestCongressMoneyCan Buy
Funding for wildlife conservation may be the only positive outcome from the coronavirus pandemic since people have been lining up to purchase firearms and ammunition in record numbers. According to various media stories, the FBI data indicates that over two million guns were purchased in March alone. And every one of those purchases meant another payment of an excise tax … which is used to fund millions of acres for wildlife habitat (at least until President Trump decides to usurp it for border wall funding or for a Trump Victory Over COVID19 parade.)
Hopefully all these people will also be purchasing gun locks and gun safes.
These lines may have been visible, but what was not easily seen was the campaign contributions that the NRA Political Victory Fund made in 2020.
Of interest to Minnesotans are
$1,000 MN01 FRIENDS OF JIM HAGEDORN
$1,000 MN06 TOM EMMER FOR CONGRESS
While other House candidates also received campaign contributions
$1,000 MI04 JOHN MOOLENAAR FOR CONGRESS
$1,950 NC08 RICHARD HUDSON FOR CONGRESS
$1,000 NC09 JAMES BISHOP FOR CONGRESS
$1,000 OH01 STEVE CHABOT FOR CONGRESS
$1,000 OK04 TOM COLE FOR CONGRESS
$2,950 TX12 KAY GRANGER CAMPAIGN FUND
$1,000 TX14 RANDY WEBER FOR CONGRESS
$1,000 TX21 CHIP ROY FOR CONGRESS
$1,000 TX31 JOHN CARTER FOR CONGRESS
$1,000 UT02 FRIENDS FOR CHRIS STEWART, INC
$1,000 WI06 GLENN GROTHMAN FOR CONGRESS
$1,000 WI07 TOM TIFFANY FOR WISCONSIN INC
Now, that may not seem like a lot of money, but that is only the contributions this year to House candidates … in 2019, the NRA Political Victory Fund contributed well over $100,000 … including $1,000 each to the Hagedorn and Emmer campaigns.
You may have read that in response to the coronavirus that the National Rifle Association is planning to cut salaries by 20% across the board and lay off sixty employees, but that doesn’t mean that they have not determined which candidates to support and who to oppose … and the early donations to Tom Emmer and Jim Hagedorn tells you how the NRA values their voices in Congress.