How Much Has NRA Given Arkansas Lawmakers?

There are two very different figures floating around...

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Following the school massacre in Florida, we've received numerous questions from viewers concerning how much money our representatives in Washington get from the NRA (National Rifle Association).

The answer? Not that much. Directly.

According to data compiled by the Washington Post, the NRA has contributed more than $4 million to members of Congress since 1998. Of that figure, roughly $56,000 -- or one percent -- has come to Arkansas lawmakers.

Here's the way NRA donations break down:

  • $24,300: Sen. John Boozman
  • $9,900: Sen. Tom Cotton
  • $8,500: Rep. Steve Womack
  • $7,000: Rep. Rick Crawford
  • $3,000: Rep. Bruce Westerman
  • $3,000: Rep. French Hill

Following this latest mass shooting incident, an October opinion piece related to the Las Vegas shooting has recirculated that shows Sen. Tom Cotton ranked tenth in the U.S. Senate and Rep. French Hill led the House in "NRA contributions" -- receiving $1,089,477 in money, according to the article.

It's important to note that figure used the New York Times includes both direct campaign contributions as well as outside money spent on behalf of candidates from the NRA's Political Action Committees and directly from the NRA's 501(c)(4) social welfare arm, which does not have to disclose its donors to the public, according to the New York Times. The figures also subtracts independent expenditures for and against opponents if the candidate did not compete in a general election.

According to those calculations, here's how Arkansas' lawmakers stack up:

  • $1,968,714: Sen. Tom Cotton
  • $1,089,477: Rep. French Hill
  • $82,352: Sen. John Boozman
  • $9,504: Rep. Bruce Westerman
  • $9,500: Rep. Steve Womack
  • $8,977: Rep. Rick Crawford

It's worth noting half the money included in Congressman Hill's figure came from money spent against an opponent.

You can see how the data was compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics here.


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