‘Another criminal organization’: NRA has Biden in its sights, spending millions to take him down

The NRA shows that Donald Trump IS one son of a gun.

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Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States is an enigma that has perplexed the nation and beyond. How did he get elected in the first place?

A President who is so obsessed with his hair he tried to change showerheads. The leader who hid in the White House bunker but thought his face would make a good addition to Mount Rushmore. The man who golfed through the worst pandemic in living history.

But an even more important question is: Will he get elected again?

The smoking gun

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In the 2016 presidential election, the National Rifle Association spent $50 million on political campaigns. Even though they were already dangerously in the red. Why? They were keen on one particular candidate: Donald Trump.

Four years later, the NRA is at it again.

The organization of gun-toting activists has already spent over $6.8 million on the 2020 presidential race. Of this, $941,951 was to support Donald Trump.

What are they scared of?

Biden pointing

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They dedicated a staggering $5,865,377 to bring down Joe Biden. That does not include the tens of thousands spent on canvassing, yard signs, and anti-Biden posters. These are all targeted to tear down the democratic rival to Trump. They keep claiming Biden will “destroy” the Second Amendment:

For a registered charity, they do spend an awful lot on politics though…

According to section 501(c) of the IRS, an organization may not publish or distribute printed statements or make oral statements on behalf of, or in opposition to, a candidate for public office. In effect, nonprofits cannot endorse political candidates or get involved in election campaigning.

NRA is a ‘personal piggy bank’

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But what is endorsing a few candidates when the leaders of the non-profit are already using its funds as their personal cash flow?

Last month, New York’s Attorney General sued to dissolve the NRA. Letitia James argued that the supposed nonprofit, which has been a registered charity since 1871, has diverted funds to serve its members.

She accused powerful leaders of using the NRA like their “personal piggy bank.” The charity’s spending included flying family members to the Bahamas and paying for private jets.

The hoplophiles versus the gun control reformers

A gun safety group just dropped $5M on the Arizona elections

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When it comes to election spending, the NRA called the shots (pun intended). Until two years ago, when groups calling for gun control and reform began to eclipse NRA spending. Now things are starting to even out.

In the 2020 race, the big names are NRA on one side, versus three major groups calling for gun control: Everytown, Brady, and Giffords. Together, Everytown and Giffords alone have spent around $7 million — on par with the NRA.

What’s different this year to 2016?

This time four years ago, the NRA had already invested an astonishing $9.6 million in the business tycoon Trump. That is nearly three times more than this 2020 election.

Did the non-profit overspend on private jets and have to cut back on their political spending? Is the NRA complacent in Trump’s victory? Or are they distancing themselves from a sinking ship?

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