How else do you think they manage to make everybody either refuse to take any control bills to a vote, or to fight it directly and ignore any and all efforts. And when asked why the SCOTUS interpreted the 2nd Amendment in a way that we never interpreted it before, I reminded them that was only the five Republicans in the Supreme Court, not the ones who actually acted like rational judges. I’m still betting they were paying off those five as well. You know, the same fucknuts that thought Citizens United was a good idea because money = speech.
Because now they’ve been caught doing illegal fundraising for Republicans.
The National Rifle Association….. is apparently being used as a donation fundraising machine for the Republican Party. It is a clear violation of the campaign finance laws which desperately attempt to keep tabs on the billions of dollars that steadily engulf our democracy, eroding it away a little more every election cycle.
Alan Berlow from Yahoo! News traced his own contributions to the NRA to see where his dollars would end up:
Early last summer I began making contributions to the National Rifle Association — a dollar here, a dollar there — to see where my money would end up. Some of it quickly found its way into the account of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, the NRA’s political action committee…. I never knowingly contributed to the NRA-PVF…. each of these transactions almost certainly violated multiple provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and a legion of state and federal antifraud statutes designed to protect the public from phony charities and false or misleading solicitations.
The FECA makes a hard distinction between solicitations for elections and other solicitations, in part because many Americans don’t like donating to politicians…. If a private citizen says he’s raising money for a cancer charity and deposits the money into his personal bank account, he can be prosecuted for committing a fraud. Similarly, under federal election law, corporations like the NRA that set up what are known as “connected PACs” must inform potential donors if a PAC is the intended beneficiary of a solicitation. The NRA can’t claim to be raising money for the corporation — to finance such things as its lobbying or research initiatives — and then deposit that money into the account of its PAC. But that’s precisely what the NRA did when it solicited my contributions.The NRA also appears to have violated a federal law that bars soliciting for a connected PAC from anyone other than the group’s employees or members — what the law calls its “restricted class.” And the NRA appears to have violated another provision that says Internet solicitations must be at websites that are accessible only to members (the restricted class), not the general public.
“There are at least three clear violations” of federal law, says Brett Kappel, an expert on political law and campaign finance at the law firm Akerman LLP. “First of all, they can’t be soliciting from the general public at their website. Then there’s the fact that the money is not being solicited in the name of the PAC; they have to say it’s for the PAC and what the political purpose of the PAC is. And then there are multiple missing disclaimers such as the disclaimer saying that contributions have to be voluntary.”
Says OccupyDemocrats’ own Omar Rivero:
It should come as no surprise that one of the biggest pieces of the Republican propaganda/lobbying/fundraising machine is willfully ignoring the laws that govern its practices. It abuses its tax-exempt status to funnel millions ($37 million in 2014) to political campaigns supporting Republican Congressmen, who in turn keep any laws from passing that might help alleviate America’s epidemic of gun violence, which kills more than 30 people a day. The NRA’s recent mega-convention in Tennessee (sixteen acres of guns!) featured every single major and minor Republican presidential candidate (except Rand Paul, who they don’t like), giving the same tired prattle of Second Amendment rights and jingoistic paranoia about the threat of “Muslim terrorists”.
Their influence is a blight on American politics and their single-minded fanaticism contributes to millions of deaths every year. It’s about time they got caught doing something like this, and just goes to show how the Republican political machine does business- under the table and in the dark. Now if only someone would do something about it.
I’ve often made the case that the NRA does nothing to help people fight against tyranny, since they are acting as the tyrant. When over 90% of their members are for reasonable legislation of registration and gun control, none of them seem to fight against a leadership in the NRA that goes against their wishes. They just keep supporting the tyrant. And now it turns out they were supporting tyrants in Washington as well without realizing it.
As we covered recently, they should be called the
“Gun Industry Lobbying Group NRA,” and now we should probably add to that the Republican-bribing group NRA as well.
I will repeat my accusation one more time…. the Republicans in SCOTUS (as Roy Zimmerman calls them, SCROTUS), who have been shown to support corporate interests at a far higher rate than the Supreme Court’s usual, are clearly bought and paid. It is the only reason we had that horrible ruling on the 2nd Amendment.
I stand by that accusation.
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