Dark money in politics

The NRA has spent millions on GOP Senate races:

NC: $1.1M
CO: $846K
AZ: $814K
GA: $705K
IA: $530K
TX: $486K
MI: $388K
SC: $355K
MT: $303K
KS: $161K
KY: $53K

No wonder Republicans won’t do anything to stop the gun violence epidemic.

The NRA has also spent over $16 million on the presidential race. No clue where or how they are getting this money. They were recently in the red after abusing their non-profit status and are currently facing a lawsuit that aims to dissolve the org.

Originally tweeted by Adam "Expand the Court" Best (@adamcbest) on October 31, 2020.

NRA: Spend Your Stimulus Checks On Our Donors’ Guns

Is their any doubt the NRA is about increasing gun sales at any cost?  They are the lobbying arm of the gun manufacturers.   They are not about rights or the hunter unless it is to sell more guns.  They are gun pushers.   Hugs

NRA: Spend Your Stimulus Checks On Our Donors’ Guns

Media Matters reports:

The National Rifle Association is encouraging Americans to spend their coronavirus stimulus checks on “sweet deals” from gun and firearm accessory manufacturers, including companies that have donated tens of thousands of dollars to the NRA — and one that’s given the gun group over $1 million.

This isn’t the first time that the NRA has tried to fundraise off of fearmongering during the coronavirus pandemic. The NRA’s magazine American Rifleman published an April 23 article promoting ways to “stretch those bucks” on some “special spring gun deals for your stimulus check.”

Four of the seven companies listed in the article have donated to the NRA: Springfield Armory, Crimson Trace, FN America, and Hornady. Beyond the blatantly transparent attempt to boost the profits of its donors, the NRA is also promoting a dangerous surge in gun sales.

More at the link above.  Hugs

Trump administration adds firearms to federal list of critical pandemic infrastructure

https://nypost.com/2020/03/29/trump-administration-adds-firearms-to-federal-list-of-critical-pandemic-infrastructure/

The new language, added Saturday to the website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, now deems as critical  “Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers,
distributors, and shooting ranges.”

Previously-designated critical industries include energy, food production, emergency services, government offices, transportation and healthcare.

The list is meant to be advisory for state and local governments in their decision making — as they “work to protect their communities while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety” during the pandemic, the website says.

It was met with praise by the group “Gun Owners of America,” which said in a statement Saturday that it is encouraged President Trump’s administration is not ignoring “the ability to protect yourself” during the emergency.

Abolish the NRA’s ability to own Republicans.

hasan-minhaj:

“We have to talk about gun control. The NRA has had undue influence on American politics for the last fifty years. But if the New York Attorney General’s investigation finds that the NRA can’t call themselves a nonprofit, that wouldn’t just hurt their bottom line, we would finally be recognizing the NRA for what they are. A political organization, with global influence.”

Abolish the NRA’s ability to own Republicans.

(via feministsorgnow)

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Election year

 

Slide 25 of 47: Bill Bramhall/New York Daily News

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Slide 6 of 47: The News in Cartoons

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Slide 40 of 47: Phil Hands/Wisconsin State Journal

Slide 44 of 47: Drew Sheneman/The Star-Ledger

Slide 46 of 47: David Horsey/Seattle Times

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The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion

The cartoonist's homepage, www.usatoday.com/opinion/

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