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OFFICIAL JOURNAL ILA report: Latest legislative news from inside the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Photo by AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli Lavish Gun Control Contributions Continue to Undermine Anti-Gun Narrative California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Safety for All Committee, which advocates anti-gun measures, raised $3.8 million by August, compared with $467,000 raised by pro-gun groups. A key fiction that gun control supporters have been perpetuating for nearly a half-century gets more indefensible by the day. Whether it's the latest political cartoon depicting the NRA buying off Congress, or an alternate Hillary Clinton delegate at the Democratic National Convention contending that "all of the money, the big money is with the NRA," gun control advocates continue to claim that the gun rights groups, armed with supposed limitless wealth, are preventing the gun control agenda from moving forward. In truth, as revealed by the lavish contributions given to gun control advocates in state initiatives, the gun rights movement remains a grassroots effort to preserve the constitutional rights of all Americans, while the gun control movement is increasingly the tool of a handful of wealthy elites. This funding discrepancy is once again playing out in California. There, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Safety for All Committee, which is advocating for the anti-gun Proposition 63, had raised $3.8 million by August, as opposed to $467,000 raised by the two committees opposing the measure. Why the discrepancy? Newsom's antigun campaign has received top contributions of $1.1 million from the California Democratic Party, $732,000 from Newsom's lieutenant governor campaign committee, and $400,000 from former Facebook executive Sean Parker. During the campaign for Washington Initiative 594, which criminalized the private transfer of firearms, billionaires Paul Allen, Michael Bloomberg, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Steve and Connie Ballmer all gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the new restrictions. In a single contribution, billionaire Nick Hanauer gave a whopping $1 million toward the effort. This November, Nevadans will also face a gun control initiative on the ballot in Question 1. The initiative, like Washington state's, would criminalize the private transfer of firearms. In 2014, Bloomberg front group Everytown for Gun Safety gave the group supporting the initiative $1.9 million. That same year, Parker gave the group $250,000, and Hanauer gave $150,000. Since its initial contributions, the Bloomberg front group has continued to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Nevada campaign. In May, Silicon Valley billionaire Robert Conway gave $75,000 to the effort, and in June, Hanauer contributed another $125,000. In Maine, a similar anti-gun initiative will be on the ballot this November. In May, Bloomberg's Everytown funded the group supporting the initiative to the tune of $1.7 million. In June, Hanauer gave the group $125,000. Some of the less dishonest corners of the gun control movement have admitted that the big money gun lobby narrative is false. Recently, Global Strategy Group President Jefrey Pollock, whom anti-gun group Americans for Responsible Solutions hired to conduct messaging research, said of the NRA to Politico, "Their money isn't that big. ... It's not what they do. Their power rests in their stupid postcards and their ability to terrorize members on the Hill and have them panicked about their rating." As a leading grassroots political organization, the NRA's power lies in our ability to communicate with, organize, and motivate our members through a variety of avenues, all in defense of the Second Amendment. Conversely, having little grassroots support, our opponents rely on big-money donors to try to command the public through the brute force of their nearly unlimited wealth. So the next time you're confronted by someone who's fallen hook, line and sinker for the tired gun control narrative about the "wealthy gun lobby," let them know about the gun control movement's billionaire benefactors, and about our "stupid postcards." For the latest information on Grades and Endorsements, go to NRAPVF.org 96 OCTOBER 2016 AMERICAN RIFLEMAN http://www.NRAPVF.org

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