April donations to the NRA’s Political Victory Fund were over 2.5 times higher than donations to the three biggest gun control PACs combined.
Federal Election Commission filings show the NRA’s PAC took received $1,852,323.28 in donations. While that is roughly $600,000 less than the $2.4 million they raised in March, it is still many times higher than the amount given to the nation’s largest gun control PACs.
For example, the Washington Beacon reports that “the Giffords PAC raised $653,510.53 in April, Everytown for Gun Safety PAC raised $16,552.33, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Voter Education Fund raised $4,015.00.” That makes a combined total of $674,077.86 for the gun control PACs, which is $1,178,245.42 less than the NRA’s PAC received.
This surge in NRA giving began in late February, as celebrities, school gun control activists, and the establishment media blamed the NRA for the Parkland school shooting. Breitbart News reported that donations to the NRA PAC tripled during the last two weeks of February. Then, in March, donations to the NRA PAC broke a 15-year record.
Record levels of background checks for gun purchases were concurrent with such giving. March 2018 set the all-time record for the most background checks for gun purchases of any March in history and April 2018 set the all-time record for the most background checks for gun purchases of any April in history.
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