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Inside the NRA's Koch-Funded Dark-Money Campaign


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: NRA< lobbying, political influence, news, gun control, propaganda, corruption, Koch Brothers, radical right, government, usa )

Cal
- 633 days ago - motherjones.com
How the National Rifle Association sold its grassroots firepower to the Kochs, Karl Rove, and conservative donors



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Jason S. (57)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:13 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

David C. (29)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 8:35 pm
So the NRA operates as a wing of the GOP machine, converting campaign bribes into votes as the nexus for influence-peddling between Republicans, their rich donors, and the particularly paranoid of its base.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:45 am
Load of crooks someone should wipe them off the face of the earth they do no good for anyone only people that want to kill from what i can see


Thanks noted
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:13 am
Great article. Thanks for sharing.
 

Mike M. (56)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:35 am
The ruining of America by greed and a devout stupidity
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 12:04 pm
Thank you! (N, P)
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:07 pm
How about the 'dark money campaign' in this nation known as gun control? We should kick out all anti-gun politicians for treason against the Constitution and evict the UN for foisting off that stupid 'small arms treaty'!
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:32 pm
"Chuck Norris, a spokesman for the NRA's Trigger the Vote campaign, warned apathetic gun owners, "I'll come looking for the people who sat this election out."

I KNEW there was a reason I never liked that man. Hah. Not surprising at all to me that the forces of darkness found each other, even if it was fumbling around in the dark. There can be no good come of anything associated with the Koch boys or the NRA. Both sides are among the most self-centered, selfish people on the planet, concerned with nothing but what they want and they do not care of the cost to others in suffering and in horror. The complete example of how not to be a human being.
 

jan b. (3)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:46 pm
Fred , did the 26 people including 6 yr olds who died in Ct commit a crime or did the fact that weak gun control, a gun-loving Mom and a kid who if not at home....could get easy-access to guns.

MASS KILLINGS IN 2012 ( not including all the other domestic murders & accidental--criminal shootings)
What's in the CONSTITUTION THAT PROTECTS THE PUBLIC FROM PEOPLE WHO CARE MORE ABOUT GUNS THAN LIVES

February 22, 2012 - Norcross, Georgia 5 killed
February 26, 2012 - Jackson, Tennessee 1 killed 20 hurt
February 27, 2012 - rural Ohio 3 killed
March 8, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA 2 killed 7 hurt
March 31, 2012 - Miami, Florida 2 killed 12 hurt
April 2, 2012 - Oakland, California 7 killed 3 hurt
April 6, 2012 - Tulsa, Oklahoma 3 killed 2 hurt
May 29, 2012 - Seattle, Washington 6 killed
July 9, 2012 Wilmington, Delaware 3 killed
July 20, 2012 Aurora, Colorado 12 killed 58 hurt
August 5, 2012 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin 7 killed
August 14, 2012 - Texas A&M University 3 killed
September 27, 2012 - Minneapolis, Minnesota 6 killed 3 hurt
October 21, 2012 - Brookfield, Wisconsin 4 killed 4 hurt
December 11, 2012 Portland, OR 3 killed
December 14, 2012 - Newtown, Connecticut 27 killed
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 2:39 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. So, we have the combined forces of Rove, Kochs, NRA....working to gain more funding to protect guns. There's a special place in hell for those guys. We had the Assault Weapons Ban in place for 10 yrs., and it worked. Not long after it expired, people started buying up stuff that had been previously banned, and you see how well that's turning out.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 3:15 pm
Thanks
 

John Coleman (18)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 5:27 pm
Gee, it's not like there isn't mega bucks coming in from the likes of Soros funded groups, the Joyce Foundation, the current Obama slush fund that was his campaign organization, and the Left Wing media freebies (which is the vast majority of the media) pushing the anti 2nd Amendment propaganda like the phony stats pushed by those sources and regurgitated by Dear Leader Obama about "background checks" that even the Washington Post gave three Pinocchios to. Odd how approved "choice" (killing babies - aka abortion) that actually always kills and isn't in the Constitution is a "right" but a specifically stated Constitutional right that has its own amendment isn't. Of course this discussion, besides pushing more control by an out of control government against its citizens, manages to take the attention away from a real death maker miscalled the "Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care" Act that will kill more in one year than guns do may a mega factor..
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 7:19 pm
Just sickening.....
 

Jude Hand (59)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 7:26 pm
Noted. What IS IT with the NRA? They've had a lot of pull since before I was born (and that's quite awhile ago). I was never very aware of them when I lived in the Northeast. But the gun control issue is glaring me in the face not far from where Trayvon Martin was murdered. Ignorance appears to be bliss here. As for the Koch brothers...that's a topic for another day after I've gotten some sleep.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 10:18 pm
Doesn't it seem as though greedy, self-serving manipulators like the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove are behind just about everything that's wrong with this country?

According to Frank Smyth, in an article that appeared in Mother Jones:

"Long before Newtown, and even before the bloodbath at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, a survey conducted in May 2012 by Republican pollster Frank Luntz found that most gun owners, including current and former members of the NRA, favor tighter gun regulations such as universal criminal background checks. And according to an ABC/Washington Post poll published on Tuesday, 86 percent of gun-owning households support a law requiring background checks at gun shows to close the so-called "loophole." So what motivates NRA leaders to remain so out of step with their constituency, flatly rejecting any discussion of legal reform?

One answer may be their ties to the $11.7 billion gun industry."

It's not what the public wants. It's what a "select few" want. So who's running this country anyway? We need to flood the offices of our representatives with our own demands until they hear us loud and clear. It's the squeaky wheel that gets the oil...
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 9:00 am
Very worrisome to say the least. Thanks Cal.
 

Patsy Olive (0)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 8:52 pm
noted.
 

Charlie Rush (67)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 10:00 pm
Please, remember, if it is made by GEORGIA PACIFIC, it is a Koch Brothers product.

Purchase at your own risk.
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 10:44 pm
`...Cox cautions that Obama's "rich, gun-hating friends" like Bloomberg "will shower him with the money he needs to strip you of your gun rights." ...`

And the lies continue! The NRA and Wayne LaPierre are so good at twisting the truth and outright lying! Mr Obama has not said anything about taking away guns or constitutionally enshrined rights of gun ownership. What he has said is `let`s put safety first with universal background checks, assault weapon bans and limiting the size of magazines`. And if the average American thinks that the NRA represents them, think again. They represent the weapons manufacturers! They are doing the bidding of the Kochs, Norquist, Rove et al, part of the so called American elite.

It is all about greed and power, nothing more! These guys don`t give a rat`s ass for anyone or anything but their wallets!
 

Robert K. (31)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 6:40 am
It's worth noting that until the NRA joined up with the gun manufacturers and got a cut of every gun sale in America they were solidly FOR gun control. Dealing with the devil makes you a devil and they should have lost their tax exemption back in '77.
 

Robert K. (31)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 6:47 am
Oh, whenever you mention George Soros and his supposedly large contributions to good causes (sadly untrue) you ignore the Koch Brothers who only support bad causes and give more than 100 times the money Soros does. And another point for the irrational john, in the 30s the Supreme Court determined that the ONLY well regulated militia referred to in the 2nd amendment was the National Guard, which means that you do NOT have a right to own firearms, just a privelege, just like a driver's license. It means thaat only the National Guard has a right to guns, and only while on active duty. Even law enforcement doesn't have a RIGHT to be armed.
 
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