How much the NRA donates to local politicians


In the 2016 elections, the National Rifle Association donated to the campaigns of 18 candidates from California. Wikimedia Commons.

After shootings, gun control is typically a hotly debated topic in the U.S.

The Second Amendment states that people have the right to bear arms. Some people have called that amendment into question when discussing gun control, and many believe that donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA) prevent some politicians from passing gun control laws.

The NRA donates millions of dollars to politicians’ campaigns. In 2016, it spent more than $419 million, according to its financial statements for the year. The association’s political action committees and individual members spent $834,115 in the 2016 congressional and senatorial elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

During the 2016 election cycle, 18 Californian members of the Republican Party who ran for Congress received funding from the NRA, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The association’s donations to California campaigns totaled $46,000.

Read about California’s gun laws here.

Where local politicians stand on gun control

Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-CA)
  • Represents Orange, Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Anaheim Hills, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Mission Viejo
  • Received $2,000 from the NRA during the 2016 election

Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA)
  • Did not receive NRA funding during the 2016 election

Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA)
  • Represents Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Brea, Buena Park, Anaheim Hills, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights
  • Received $2,500 from the NRA during the 2016 election

Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA)
  • Represents Anaheim, Santa Ana and other parts of Orange County
  • Did not receive NRA funding during the 2016 election

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
  • Did not receive NRA funding during the 2016 election

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Did not receive NRA funding during the 2016 election

Graphics by Jamie Altman


  • This article is somewhat pointless. You could have simply said Republican’s received funding and Democrats did not. People should consider the plethora of donations that various Unions gave those Democratic officials.

    • Figuring out who is funding our representatives’ campaigns is an essential part of our democracy. I’d hardly call it pointless.

      As someone who’s worked on several Democrat campaigns, yes they receive a lot of money from unions to protect the interests of their workers. Yes this results in them making decisions that result in those workers receiving favorable legislation.

      The NRA gives money to these politicians which, as you noted, are predominantly Republican to protect their interests, which is making money off selling firearms. They don’t care if that means more deaths in American schools.

      • Planned Parenthood gives a large sum of money to Democratic politicians such as Hillary Clinton, and they kill over 800 children per day. I’m a member of the NRA and can assure you that nobody “doesn’t care” if there are more deaths in American schools.

        • This isn’t an abortion debate so I won’t fight you on the morality of what defines life.

          But you’re right in saying legislators make decisions based on these contributions so it’s important to know which local legislators are funded by the NRA. All I’m saying is that if I’m a typical legislator in Washington and the NRA is saying more guns will solve the problem I’ll be far more likely to mirror that language and policy objective if they’re funding my campaign despite the fact theres only anecdotal evidence at best to support that claim.

          • I understand what you’re saying, but feel like that could be the case with other issues and officials acting on the basis of their campaign donations– Clinton’s and Enron.

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