Following the Money…continued

The horror of Parkland FL. continues with the beginning of burials.Gun control as the central issue continues to be evaded by the Merchant of  Malice and most of the GOP.Dr.AG reminds us that the mentally ill are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of violence.Yet rage and mood dysphoria are certainly components of what has plagued us.The LA Times points out that rage and dysphoric acting out does not result in countries where gun control is exercised.The archives of this blog has many entries addressing the Teutonic or Aryan myth of manifest destiny and controlled savagery.The symbol of this testosterone fueled fantasy is the gun.Knives,swords and bayonets cannot wreak the same havoc.I watched a TV broadcast of a road incident where a SUV owner confronted a sports sedan owner first on foot at an intersection and then later trying to ram the sedan with his SUV,evidently that driver believed the myth of the urban battle wagon.His SUV tried to climb the front section of the sedan and overturned landing on its roof.The fact was that the high center of gravity of the SUV brought the escapade to an end.
The activities of the NRA are all about the enhancement of gun sales and I may have overstated their fiscal contribution to the Trump campaign by $ 10 million( facts are hard to come by)but the record contribution is no mistake.Consider that the inaugural committee for the Trump. Campaign raised about 170 million which has disappeared with no requirement that it be accounted for.
We are inundated with money misbehavior by officials in the Trump Administration,with these reports rubbing shoulders with concerns about spousal and female abuse and undermining of law enforcement and responsible immigration reform with its DACRA sub issue.

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  1. FOLLOW THE MONEY…

    The NRA is all about funding existing gun enthusiasts and the defeat of candidates who are anti-gun and pro-gun-control.

    According to Politico.com

    GUNS RIGHTS GROUPS CONTRIBUTIONS
    2016 ELECTION CYCLE

    $5.9 MILLION … REPUBLICANS
    $106K … DEMOCRATS

    “The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan think tank that tracks money in politics, found that in 2016 more than half of the members of the House of Representatives — or 232 of the 435 — received money from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. That money went disproportionately to Republicans. Only nine Democrats received campaign contributions from these groups.”

    “POLITICO tallied contributions to representatives in the 2016 election cycle. Some, like Ryan Zinke, no longer serve in Congress. Zinke now heads the Department of the Interior, but he received $79,000 in 2016, making him the recipient of the second-highest contributions, after Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.”

    Paul Ryan (R-WI) … $171,977 (2016)
    Ryan Zinke (R-MT) … $ 79,068 (2016)

    GUN RIGHTS MONEY TO SENATORS
    1990 – 2016
    From https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=Q13&cycle=All&recipdetail=S&mem=Y

    TRUMP ADMIN CABINET MEMBERS

    ATTORNEY GENERAL
    $52,250 … Sessions, Jeff (R-AL)

    SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
    $79,068 … Zinke, Ryan (R-MT)

    SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
    $17,150 … Perdue, David (R-GA)

    ___

    TRUMP ADMIN CABINET-LEVEL OFFICIALS

    DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
    $22,900 … Coats, Dan (R-IN)

    ___

    ALL MEMBERS OF THE SENATE
    2016

    $618,113 … McCain, John (R-AZ)
    $460,367 … Cruz, Ted (R-TX)
    $244,019 … Rubio, Marco (R-FL)
    $231,587 … Paul, Rand (R-KY)
    $189,498 … Johnson, Ron (R-WI)
    $181,215 … Thune, John (R-SD)
    $174,325 … Cornyn, John (R-TX)
    $167,051 … Toomey, Pat (R-PA)
    $143,543 … Blunt, Roy (R-MO)
    $128,950 … Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA)
    $127,556 … Allen, George (R-VA)
    $124,550 … Burr, Richard (R-NC)
    $121,100 … Inhofe, James M (R-OK)
    $115,942 … Santorum, Rick (R)
    $112,450 … McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)
    $112,430 … Grassley, Chuck (R-IA)
    $110,815 … Heller, Dean (R-NV)
    $109,727 … Portman, Rob (R-OH)
    $100,596 … Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH)
    $95,366 … Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)
    $90,577 … Thompson, Fred (R)
    $90,304 … Gardner, Cory (R-CO)
    $90,150 … Roberts, Pat (R-KS)
    $87,500 … Young, Todd (R-IN)
    $84,070 … Brown, Scott (R-MA)
    $81,840 … Crapo, Mike (R-ID)
    $77,580 … Daines, Steven (R-MT)
    $75,490 … Ensign, John (R-NV)
    $72,120 … Burns, Conrad (R-MT)
    $69,748 … Vitter, David (R-LA)
    $67,961 … Kyl, Jon (R-AZ)
    $63,374 … Cotton, Tom (R-AR)
    $61,350 … Shelby, Richard C (R-AL)
    $60,353 … Cassidy, Bill (R-LA)
    $60,000 … Sununu, John E (R-NH)
    $58,200 … Capito, Shelley Moore (R-WV)
    $57,930 … Smith, Gordon H (R-OR)
    $56,450 … Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)
    $55,950 … Wicker, Roger (R-MS)
    $55,651 … Dole, Elizabeth (R-NC)
    $55,450 … Stevens, Ted (R-AK)
    $54,250 … Moran, Jerry (R-KS)
    $53,450 … Coleman, Norm (R-MN)
    $50,733 … Bond, Christopher “Kit” (R-MO)
    $50,478 … Allard, Wayne (R-CO)
    $49,625 … Lankford, James (R-OK)
    $49,599 … Barrasso, John A (R-WY)
    $49,550 … Kennedy, John (R-LA)
    $48,450 … Flake, Jeff (R-AZ)
    $48,058 … Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK)
    $48,030 … Grams, Rod (R-MN)

    $47,900 … Specter, Arlen (D-PA)

    $47,500 … Craig, Larry (R-ID)
    $47,400 … Hoeven, John (R-ND)

    $46,250 … Nelson, Ben (D-NE)

    $45,500 … Cochran, Thad (R-MS)

    $44,371 … Obama, Barack (D)

    $44,200 … Risch, James E (R-ID)
    $43,550 … Hatch, Orrin G (R-UT)
    $43,369 … Coburn, Tom (R-OK)
    $41,041 … Faircloth, Lauch (R-NC)
    $40,200 … Thomas, Craig (R-WY)
    $39,950 … Bennett, Robert F (R-UT)
    $39,635 … Coverdell, Paul (R-GA)
    $39,085 … Talent, James M (R-MO)
    $38,496 … Lott, Trent (R-MS)
    $38,354 … DeMint, Jim (R-SC)
    $38,125 … Lee, Mike (R-UT)
    $37,900 … Scott, Tim (R-SC)
    $37,500 … Enzi, Mike (R-WY)
    $37,320 … Boozman, John (R-AR)
    $35,000 … Alexander, Lamar (R-TN)
    $34,700 … Nickles, Don (R-OK)
    $33,800 … Gregg, Judd (R-NH)

    $33,713 … Clinton, Hillary (D-NY)

    $33,700 … Murkowski, Frank H (R-AK)
    $33,335 … Fischer, Deb (R-NE)
    $33,300 … Gorton, Slade (R-WA)
    $32,850 … Ashcroft, John (R-MO)
    $32,550 … Campbell, Ben Nighthorse (R-CO)
    $30,734 … Bunning, Jim (R-KY)
    $30,700 … Tillis, Thom (R-NC)

    $30,250 … Reid, Harry (D-NV)

    $29,726 … Frist, Bill (R-TN)
    $29,385 … Smith, Bob (R-NH)
    $29,050 … D’Amato, Alfonse M (R-NY)
    $28,346 … Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R-TX)
    $27,293 … Gramm, Phil (R-TX)
    $26,720 … Corker, Bob (R-TN)
    $26,150 … Abraham, Spencer (R-MI)
    $25,900 … Martinez, Mel (R-FL)
    $24,600 … Hagel, Chuck (R-NE)
    $23,900 … Ernst, Joni (R-IA)

    $23,800 … Breaux, John (D-LA)

    $23,800 … Kasten, Bob (R-WI)
    $23,007 … Sasse, Ben (R-NE)
    $22,900 … Brownback, Sam (R-KS)

    $22,400 … Donnelly, Joe (D-IN)

    $22,150 … Hutchinson, Tim (R-AR)
    $20,850 … Snowe, Olympia (R-ME)

    $20,700 … Manchin, Joe (D-WV)
    $20,500 … Johnson, Tim (D-SD)

    $19,850 … DeWine, Mike (R-OH)
    $19,800 … Collins, Susan M (R-ME)

    $17,800 … Hollings, Fritz (D-SC)

    $17,500 … Domenici, Pete V (R-NM)
    $17,100 … Rounds, Mike (R-SD)

    $16,850 … Pressler, Larry (I-SD)

    $15,850 … Kempthorne, Dirk (R-ID)

    $14,800 … Dorgan, Byron L (D-ND)
    $14,250 … Baucus, Max (D-MT)

    $13,950 … Strange, Luther (R-AL)

    $13,850 … Symms, Steven D (R-ID)

    $13,400 … Dole, Bob (R)
    $13,136 … Sullivan, Dan (R-AK)
    $11,400 … Helms, Jesse (R-NC)

    $11,129 … Sanders, Bernie (I-VT)

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