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NRA Collects Record Donations After Newtown

Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 12:22 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The National Rifle Association is collecting more money than it has in years, as donors flock to support the powerful lobby's fight against new gun control laws.

The NRA raised nearly $1.6 million in February, according to Federal Election Commission filings posted this week, following $1.1 million collected in January, reports Politico.

February's postings marked the NRA's best single fund raising month since the height of the 2000 presidential campaign, when its PAC raised $1.7 million that October.

The lobby's fundraising rose sharply after the Dec. 14 school massacre in Newtown, Conn. After the shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, Congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama vowed to overhaul the country's gun-control laws.

In the 2011-12 fundraising cycle, a year before the shootings, the NRA's committee raised an average of $600,000 a month, totaling $14.3 million over two years. The January and February collections means the PAC will end this month with $4 million in its accounts.

The NRA is also spending more to support congressional candidates. The PAC has donated to 19 congressional and state-level candidates in February, up from just two donations in January.

New gun-control legislation is facing problems, though, with Democratic leaders pulling back on an assault weapons ban this week. In addition, the Republican-controlled House may not back new laws concerning background checks and magazine capacity limits.

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