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  •  Gun Control Groups Need to Get Into the Game (10+ / 0-)

    I've worked in politics in DC for over a decade.

    I'm posting this comment based on anger, I haven't really thought it out, but I think the concept needs to be out there.

    I don't know if there are any gun regulation groups with a PAC, but if they don't have one, they need to start one immediately.  

    If I"m reading this correctly (http://www.opensecrets.org/....) the Brady campaign gives almost nothing.  You're not just playing the wrong game, you're not even in the game.

    Even MORE than constituent contacts (emails, phone calls, in-person meetings), Congresspersons care about fundraising dollars.  Yes, I said they care about money more than constituency. And yes, that's in general, but if you haven't been on the DC fundraising circuit, talk to people who are (contact TPM or Kos front pagers and ask them) and ask if I'm wrong.

    If you want to talk to a Congressperson in DC (or their district/state), the best, absolute best way to get their attention, and actually meet them and have their time is to give them money.  And the NRA gives a lot.

    Does this system suck?  Absolutely.  But it's the way it works.  Deal with it.  The gun control lobby needs to start fundraising and put more money into a PAC.  No more studies necessary.  Others will take care of that.  And it might be smart for gun control groups to consolidate the PAC--it will give them even more clout.  And give money to some Republicans too.  At the very least, you'll be face-to-face with many Congresspersons at their DC fundraisers (hopefully on multiple occasions).

    Money talks and bullshit walks in DC.  Gun Control advocates out there...pony up and start playing this dirty game better (and apologies for bluntness).  

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