In the wake of the most lethal shooting in the country’s modern history, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are seriously thinking about revamping gun laws. But that would be a very challenging task with a GOP-controlled Congress and gun lobby that spent $5.9 million on GOP campaigns only last year.
Republicans Overwhelmingly Benefited from the Contributions
According to a report from the Center for Responsive Politics, more than 50% of the U.S. Representatives have received money from gun rights groups like the Gun Owners of America. Of the 232 Representatives that got the money, only nine were Democrats.
Last year, the congressmen that received the highest contributions were House Speaker Paul Ryan ($171,977) and Ryan Zinke ($79,068). Zinke left his seat open after being asked to serve as the head of the Interior Department.
Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) is in the top three with a $77,063 contribution, followed by Reps. Todd Young (R-IN) – $73,785, Joe Heck (R-NV) – $68,520, and Mia Love (R-UT) – $63,350.
Senior Republicans Making Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars
A separate report also analyzes how much money the National Rifle Association and the likes poured in lobbying efforts from 1990 through 2017. The analysis revealed that the major beneficiaries were Republicans.
Since 1990, twenty-six Republican representatives were given more than $100,000. A single Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, received money from the gun lobby ($98,500).
Over the 1990-2017 period, Speaker Paul Ryan, who has 18 years in office, received $336,597. The second spot is held by Rep. John Boehner – $231,265 – with 24 years in office, and Rep. Don Young (R-AK) – $195,272 – with 44 years in public office.
Of Senators, the largest contributions were given to Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) – $360,727, Marco Rubio (R-FL) – $176,030, Ron Johnson (R-WI) – $165,498, and Rand Paul (R-KY) – $155,605.