The gun lobby: See how much your representative gets
Attention is being thrust back on the gun lobby as lawmakers give gun control measures a fresh look in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting – the deadliest in modern U.S. history. Gun rights groups overwhelmingly support GOP candidates, contributing $5.9 million into Republican campaigns in the 2016 election cycle, compared with $106,000 to those of Democrats. It’s also the most money gun lobbyists have given in a campaign year since at least 1990.
given to Republicans in 2016 election cycle
given to Democrats in 2016 election cycle
The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan think tank that tracks money in politics, found that in 2016 more than half of the members of the House of Representatives — or 232 of the 435 — received money from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. That money went disproportionately to Republicans. Only nine Democrats received campaign contributions from these groups.
POLITICO tallied contributions to representatives in the 2016 election cycle. Some, like Ryan Zinke, no longer serve in Congress. Zinke now heads the Department of the Interior, but he received $79,000 in 2016, making him the recipient of the second-highest contributions, after Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.
Source: Center for Responsive Politics
POLITICO also analyzed gun lobbyist contributions from 1990 to 2017 to better understand what these contributions look like over the span of a politician’s career. We totaled contributions spanning nearly three decades and found Republicans consistently benefited; whereas, Democrats did not.
Of the 27 representatives who each received more than $100,000 since 1990, all were Republican. However, Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who has represented Minnesota’s 7th District for 26 years, is close to making the list at $98,500.
Representatives who received more than $100,000 from gun rights groups
No longer in the House of Representatives
|Name||Amount||Party||District||Years in office|
|Paul Ryan||$336,597||Republican||Wisconsin, District 1||18|
|John Boehner||$231,265||Republican||Ohio, District 8||24|
|Don Young||$195,272||Republican||Alaska, At-Large District||44|
|John Thune||$181,215||Republican||South Dakota, At-large District||18|
|Pat Toomey||$167,051||Republican||Pennsylvania, District 15||12|
|Ken Calvert||$144,466||Republican||California, District 42||24|
|Roy Blunt||$143,543||Republican||Missouri, District 7||20|
|Denny Rehberg||$138,959||Republican||Montana, At-large District||12|
|Steve Pearce||$129,250||Republican||New Mexico, District 2||6|
|Saxby Chambliss||$128,950||Republican||Georgia, District 8||12|
|George Allen||$127,556||Republican||Virginia, District 7||8|
|Richard Burr||$124,550||Republican||North Carolina, District 5||22|
|Richard Pombo||$122,694||Republican||California, District 11||14|
|Pete Sessions||$121,776||Republican||Texas, District 32||14|
|Jim Inhofe||$121,100||Republican||Oklahoma, District 1||31|
|John Kline||$119,887||Republican||Minnesota, District 2||14|
|Rick Santorum||$115,942||Republican||Pennsylvania, District 18||16|
|John Doolittle||$111,193||Republican||California, District 4||16|
|Ed Royce||$111,120||Republican||California, District 39||24|
|Dean Heller||$108,515||Republican||District 2||4|
|Ron Paul||$108,453||Republican||Texas, 14 and 22||12|
|Michele Bachmann||$108,218||Republican||Minnesota, District 6||4|
|Rob Portman||$107,727||Republican||Ohio, District 2||20|
|Bob Goodlatte||$104,900||Republican||Virginia, District 6||24|
|Martha McSally||$104,445||Republican||Arizona, District 2||2|
|Mike Coffman||$101,693||Republican||Colorado, District 6||8|
|Bob Barr||$101,473||Republican||Georgia, District 7||8|
|Collin Peterson||$98,500||Democrat||Minnesota, District 7||26|
Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Correction: An earlier version of this story said Zinke received $74,000 in the 2016 election cycle, but he actually received $79,000.
February 15, 2018 at 09:30AM