Gun control groups outspent NRA in midterm elections

Gun control groups outspent the National Rifle Association in the midterm elections, pouring more than $11m into congressional races as NRA spending dropped dramatically.

Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords, a gun control group founded by a Congresswoman injured in a mass shooting, together spent more than $11m to influence national races, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

The two groups spent millions to boost Lucy McBath in Georgia and Jason Crow in Colorado, gun control advocates who beat Republicans with A-ratings from the NRA. McBath, who has been a national spokeswoman for Everytown, lost her 17-year-old son Jordan Davis in 2012 when a white man shot and killed the unarmed teenager after an argument about loud music.

The NRA spent just under $10m on federal elections, focusing the most money on Republican Senate races, as Democrats took control of the House and pledged to push forward with gun control legislation.

The NRA’s spending represents a dramatic reduction from 2016, when it spent more than $55m to influence federal elections, including more than $31m to help put Donald Trump in the White House. In the 2014 midterms, the NRA spent more than $25m to influence Congressional races – more than double its investment this year, according to data compiled by The Trace, a nonprofit news outlet that covers gun violence and gun politics in America, and which has been funded by Everytown.

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