Thursday, December 20, 2012

How much NRA money do our congress members receive?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM

As the National Rifle Association prepares to come out of its unprecendented media blackout for a press conference tomorrow, news organizations are digging into which politicians benefit most from the NRA's political contributions.

And who's high up on the list? Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador. Labrador, who won his second term in November, got more NRA contributions last cycle that all but three of his colleagues, according to the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation.  

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers received $2,000 from the NRA last cycle, and more than $12,000 over the course of her congressional career. You can scope all members of Congress for yourself for both the House and the Senate.

Washington's Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats, have never taken NRA money, according to Sunlight's numbers. Republican Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo took just under $6,000 in NRA money last election cycle, and nearly $40,000 during his time in the Senate. Idaho Sen. James Risch, also a Republican, has taken just over $5,000 during his Senate career.

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