Senators Who Voted Against Background Checks Received Eight Times As Much Money from Gun Lobby

The failure of the Manchin-Toomey legislation yesterday to expand background checks for gun purchases has been blamed on a variety of factors. But one key detail is the fact that the gun lobby — consisting of the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and other groups funded by the gun industry — was a major fundraiser for Senators that opposed the reform bill.

The Center for Responsive Politics laid out donors to senators who both supported and opposed Manchin-Toomey, and found that lawmakers who opposed it received nearly eight times as much funding from the gun lobby. Meanwhile, it found that only $5,000 came from pro-reform groups (to the “yes” side):

Open Secrets defines “gun rights money” as PAC contributions from gun rights groups, gun control groups, and gun manufacturers. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) topped the list, receiving $42,247 from guns rights PACS, including nearly $10,000 alone from the NRA.

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