The Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility (AGR), a group supported by wealthy elitists including Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, complained this week in an e-mail funding beg that the “gun lobby” has spent “a whopping $6,000,000 to support Donald Trump.”
Considering that this group spent some $10.4 million to pass a single initiative two years ago in Washington State, and this year has raised more than $3.5 million just to pass another gun control measure in that state, it’s like the pot calling the kettle black.
AGR’s new venture is Initiative 1491, the so-called “Emergency Protection Order” measure that critics contend threatens due process, and also stigmatizes many people suffering from mental health issues. The group has received half-million-dollar contributions from Everytown, retired Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer.
An overwhelming chunk of their campaign money comes from Seattle addresses. There was one $250 donation from Gov. Jay Inslee’s wife, and the Gabby Giffords group, Americans for Responsible Solutions has kicked in $250,000.
There are some other interesting contributors. One “not employed” woman who kicked in three $500 donations, seven separate $150 donations from a family therapist, four $100 donations from a Santa Fe, New Mexico woman, a dozen $100 donations from a Seattle landscape designer, 18 individual donations of $100 each from a Mercer Island resident who is also “not employed” and 19 separate $50 donations from a man in Wausau, Wisconsin, who is also Indeed, “not employed” appears to be an occupation shared by a fair number of AGR donors.
Not a week goes by without some kind of e-main funding request. AGR has managed contributions from out of state and a couple even from out of the country. Their latest is almost like a push to get gun owners behind Trump:
“The gun lobby is already a major player in the 2016 elections. This deep-pocketed special interest group has already spent a whopping $6,000,000 to support Donald Trump. They know he’ll work overtime to further their agenda and keep guns in dangerous hands.”
Demonizing Trump is a good way for anti-rights gun control lobbying groups to raise money. For years, they have accused large membership organizations including the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms of flooding the mails with alarmist fund raisers, and now they are doing the same thing they have complained about.
But when it’s a gun prohibition lobbying group, that’s different.