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The money behind the drive for gun safety

By Laurie Bennett

August 13, 2013 at 8:45am

Compared with the amount spent by pro-gun groups over the years, expenditures by gun safety groups are a pittance.

As the Center for Responsive Politics reports: The gun rights lobby spent $75 million from 1998 through 2012.

Nevertheless, funding for gun control has increased dramatically. Spending by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the major gun safety lobby in Washington, totalled just $200,000 in 2012. Spending this year has soared to $830,000.

The interactive Muckety map above shows some of the big donors behind groups that have pushed for gun-safety measures, backed gun-control candidates and/or opposed pro-gun candidates.

Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has contributed millions to the effort, through Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Independence USA PAC.

Another super PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, has drawn money from wealthy donors such as former Facebook President Sean Parker and Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff.

The PAC was started by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, two years after Giffords was shot in the head in a rampage that left six others dead.

The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, also has advocated stricter gun control. CAP funders include billionaires George Soros and Herb Sandler. The family foundation headed by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has also supported the think tank.

Gun safety is one of the emphases of the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation, which provided funding to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Violence Policy Center and other groups.

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2 Comments

  • #1.   BHirsh 08.13.2013

    You can’t eliminate a fundamental right by throwing money at it. You can only do so by taking it by force. Good luck with THAT….

  • #2.   James Huddlestun 08.13.2013

    Liberal think tank. That’s an oxymoron.

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