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.
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.