Corporate Donations to the Gun Lobby

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Corporate Donations to the Gun Lobby: 2018

The amount of money businesses of all sizes donated to the US gun lobbyists for gun rights in 2018 is $4,599,852. The amount of money businesses of all sizes donated to the US gun lobbyists for gun control in 2018 is $5,486,237.

DONATIONS ON GUN RIGHTS

  • The total amount of money donated for gun rights in 2018 is $4,599,852.
  • According to the profile, the total amount of contributions made by individual donors in organizations amounts to $2,655,249.
  • The lobbying spending on gun rights in 2018 amounts to $12,453,572.

DONATIONS ON GUN CONTROL

  • The total amount of money donated for gun control in 2018 is $5,486,237.
  • According to the profile, the total amount of contributions made by individual donors in organizations amounts to $1,103,487.
  • The lobbying spending on gun control in 2018 amounts to $2,039,212.

Research Strategy

Based on the request, we first started by looking into reports and articles that provide information on the total donated amount and were able to find all the information related to the study.
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Corporate Donations to the Gun Lobby: 2013

The estimated amount of money businesses such as corporations donated to US gun lobbyists for gun rights in 2014, was $2,265,310. The estimated amount of money businesses such as corporations donated to US gun lobbyists for gun control in 2014 was $418,000.

DONATIONS to GUN RIGHTS

  • The total amount of money donated for gun rights in 2014 was $3,780,114.
  • According to the profile, the total amount of contributions made by individual donors amounted to $1,514,604.
  • Based on calculations, the estimated amount of money donated by businesses such as corporations in 2014, amounted to $2,265,310.
  • The lobbying spend on gun rights that year amounted to $12,013,482.

DONATIONS for GUN CONTROL

  • The total amount of money donated for gun control in 2014 was $424,750.
  • According to the profile, the total amount of contributions made by individual donors amounted to $6,750.
  • Based on calculations, the estimated amount of money donated by businesses such as corporations in 2014, amounted to $418,000.
  • The lobbying spend on gun control in 2014 amounted to $1,942,396.
 

RESEARCH STRATEGY

Based on the request, we first started by looking into reports and articles that provide information on the total donated amount and were able to find the total donation amounts for the year 2014. The data for 2013 was not available and we have used data from the year 2014. According to the reports from OpenSecrets, the metrics related to gun rights and gun control are based on contributions from donors (individuals, corporations that give directly from their treasuries) to outside groups. Therefore, since the reports clearly state the donations made by individuals separately, our strategy was to calculate the estimated amount made by businesses. Therefore, based on calculation we were able to find the above-estimated values for donations made by businesses.

CALCULATIONS

Donated amount for gun rights = $3,780,114 - $1,514,604 = $2,265,310
Donated amount for gun control = $424,750 - $6,750 = $418,000
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Corporate Donations to the Gun Lobby: 2008

The total contributions and grants received by the NRA (gun lobby) in 2008 were $205,026,138. The donations received by the NRA from businesses (the gun lobby) in 2008 were $203,802,076.

Gun Lobby in the US

  • According to an article, the NRA is leading the gun lobby.
  • National Rifle Association is the largest U.S. gun rights organization that influence lawmakers to block new gun regulations.
  • The association spent above $5 million on its lobbying against gun control in 2018 while other organizations together spent above $12.1 million in the same year for the same purpose.
  • According to Independent, the NRA had a role in the defeat of Al Gore, a criticizer of the gun lobby, by George W Bush in the US presidential elections.
  • Independent states that NRA was named "America’s most powerful interest group" of that year by Fortune magazine.
  • The money donated by businesses of all sizes in the United States to the US gun lobbies in 2008 is the same as the one the businesses donated to the NRA in 2008.

Businesses Who Donate to NRA

Donations received by NRA in 2008 from Businesses in the US

  • In 2008, NRA received $13,150 from individuals and $1,210,912 from Political Action Committees, which are 527 organizations that collect campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation.
  • The total contributions and grants received by the NRA in 2008 were $205,026,138, according to Form 990 for the period ending on December 2008.
  • The donations received from businesses in the US by NRA (the gun lobby) in 2008 was $203,802,076.

Donations received by NRA in 2008: Other Facts

  • In 2008, the Beretta Group of companies, a major firearms' manufacturer, announced that they will give $1 million to NRA over the next five years.
  • In 2008, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., an American firearms' manufacturer presented NRA with a check for $125,000.

Additional Relevant Information

  • During the 2008 elections in the US, "the NRA spent $15 million to paint Obama as a "threat to the Second Amendment".
  • Generally, 26% to 33% of the NRA’s revenues come from contributions.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

The contributions and grants received by the NRA in 2008 were $205,026,138. In 2008, NRA received $13,150 from individuals and $1,210,912 from Political Action Committees, which are 527 organizations that collect campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation. This information was found on OpenSecrets, a resource database that provides information on political and lobbying contributions in the US.

Therefore, the total donations received from individuals and PACs is $13,150 + $1,210,912 = $1,224,062

It is assumed that the total contributions and grants for the year, minus the donations received from individuals, and PACs will be the total donations received from the businesses.

Hence, the total donations received from businesses is $205,026,138 — $1,224,062 = $203,802,076.
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Corporate Donations to the NRA


The National Rifle Association (NRA) received $841,408 from businesses such as corporations, in the United States last year. This constitutes 96.37% of the total donations that the NRA received in 2018.

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION (NRA) DONATIONS

  • The total amount of money donated to NRA in 2018 was $873,071.
  • According to the profile, the total amount of contribution made by individual donors amounted to $31,663.
  • The total amount of contribution made by PAC (Public Action Committees) which represents corporations and companies amounted to $841,408.
  • Therefore, the percentage of NRA's donations that come from businesses such as corporations is 96.37% ((841,408 / 873,071) * 100).

RESEARCH STRATEGY

In order to identify or calculate the amount of money businesses of all sizes (such as corporations and companies) in the United States donated to the NRA in 2018 and what percentage the specified donations represents, we first started by looking into reports and articles that provide information on the total donated amount and were able to find the total donation amounts for the year 2018. According to the reports from OpenSecrets, the National Rifle Association receives donations from individuals and organizations only.
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