Before Filing Bankruptcy, National Rifle Association Cut Their Spending to Support Trump by Nearly Half

Before the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed bankruptcy, the pro-gun group cut spending for President Donald Trump by nearly half from 2016 to 2020, turning their backs on the president and the country when they were needed most.

Open Secrets reported that the NRA spent $29.1 million on federal elections during the 2020 election cycle. This is down from the $54.4 million that they spent in the 2016 election cycle. The NRA blames left-wing lawfare for the organization’s waning effectiveness but leadership has been embroiled in corruption scandals in recent years. 

As the NRA drops the ball, anti-gun groups are taking off and spending loads of money to make an impact on political races. The NRA were forced to declare bankruptcy earlier this year to get out of New York where left-wing attorney general Letitia James had put their finances under the microscope.

The N.R.A.’s claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt,” James said. “While we review this filing, we will not allow the [NRA] to use this or any other tactic to evade accountability and my office’s oversight.”

Big League Politics has reported on the many capitulations made by the NRA on gun control over the years:

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has supported gun control on many occasions throughout its long history, and they are moving back in that direction if their public statement released today is any indicator…

Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump endorsed “red flag” gun control laws that would deny rights enshrined under the 2nd Amendment to anyone arbitrarily deemed a dangerous individual by the courts.

“We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process,” Trump said, in response to two mass shootings that took place over the weekend.

“That is why I have called for red-flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders,” he added.

The NRA’s statement in favor of Trump’s sentiments is a clear endorsement of red flag laws, an issue the organization has tap danced around in recent years.

“Nobody wants dangerous people to have access to firearms which is why the NRA supports risk protection orders that respects the due process of rights and ensures those found mentally ill receive the care they need,” said National Rifle Association’s Catherine Mortensen in January.

Other more consistent firearms freedom groups, such as the Gun Owners of America (GOA) and National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), are firmly in opposition of the capitulation made by President Trump and the NRA on this issue.

The NRA has served as a glorified rubberstamp for establishment Republican politicians over the years. They are one of the many institutions that have failed America and been woefully inept at defending the Constitution.