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  •  FrankR loves him some NRA Kool Aid! (1+ / 0-)
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    The bulk of the group's money now comes in the form of contributions, grants, royalty income, and advertising, much of it originating from gun industry sources.

    Since 2005, the gun industry and its corporate allies have given between $20 million and $52.6 million to it through the NRA Ring of Freedom sponsor program. Donors include firearm companies like Midway USA, Springfield Armory Inc, Pierce Bullet Seal Target Systems, and Beretta USA Corporation. Other supporters from the gun industry include Cabala's, Sturm Rugar & Co, and Smith & Wesson.

    The NRA also made $20.9 million — about 10 percent of its revenue — from selling advertising to industry companies marketing products in its many publications in 2010, according to the IRS Form 990.

    Additionally, some companies donate portions of sales directly to the NRA. Crimson Trace, which makes laser sights, donates 10% of each sale to the NRA. Taurus buys an NRA membership for everyone who buys one of their guns. Sturm Rugar gives $1 to the NRA for each gun sold, which amounts to millions. The NRA's revenues are intrinsically linked to the success of the gun business.

    The NRA Foundation also collects hundreds of thousands of dollars from the industry, which it then gives to local-level organizations for training and equipment

    Todaypurchases.'s NRA is a virtual subsidiary of the gun industry.  While the NRA portrays itself as protecting the 'freedom' of individual gun owners, it's actually working to protect the freedom of the gun industry to manufacture and sell virtually any weapon or accessory.

    Again.  I get it.  You love your guns and how manly they make you feel and the freedom you imagine that they give you.  One day, we'll get rid of the conservative SCOTUS, we'll have real campaign finance reform, and lobby reform, 2A will be overturned, and that will be great day for America.  


    •  Let us just look at their finances, shall we? (0+ / 0-)

      Corporate Donations: $14,800,000 (2005-2010)
      Membership dues: $100,500,000 (2010 alone)

      That is 40 times more annually from memberships than from corporate donations.

      Another $115,000,000 was collected through fundraising, sales, advertisements & royalties.

      Of that $115,000,000 the majority ($71,100,000) was fundraising; small time donations, like the toaster featured in the Bloomberg article that both provided the information I am using and focuses on the small time donations that is the NRA's primary income.

      "Rugar gives $1 to the NRA for every [Rugar] gun sold"
      Damn near every gun shop has a 'round up' donation program for every type of gun sold.
      This has raised $5,000,000, or five times your example.

      "I get it"
      Obviously, you don't.
      Which is why your ignorant attacks on the liberties of innocent Americans has failed so will notice that it isn't gun rights supporters that have become the 1st & 2nd legislatures in the 137 year history of Colorado to be facing a recall election.

      I get it. You distrust your fellow citizens & insist that they must give up their liberties for your perceived security.
      However, we are already seeing some of the political consequences-both in Colorado & in SC- of such an ignorant & arrogant attitude.

      There is more to come....
      And you can own them all.

      Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

      by FrankRose on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 08:15:47 PM PDT

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      •  Correction: The 'round-up' program hasn't raised (0+ / 0-)

        It's raised $9,300,000 (as of July 2012).
        Which is almost 9 times more than Rugar's donation.

        Quick clarification: The round-up program is a voluntary donation given by the customer, rounding up to the nearest dollar amount.

        Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

        by FrankRose on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 10:14:27 PM PDT

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