Money Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies  

Mick Jacobs
February 28, 2018 1.2k views 50 items

The gun lobby's influence upon contemporary US politics remains quite strong, and this largely comes from gun lobby donations to state representatives. Though this remains much of an open secret, you might not know just how much state representatives receive from the gun lobby. Many representatives – maybe even your own – rely on gun lobby donations to fund their campaigns and perhaps even line their pockets. And those are trends more and more citizens are sick of in a time plagued by mass shootings. Because of gun lobby influence on Congress, CDC-funded research on gun violence remains more or less prohibited, while proposals on arms limitations or background checks routinely stall. State representatives who receive money from the gun lobby and National Rifle Association therefore only enable what many see as a vicious circle of debate surrounding gun policy.

To give you an idea of who the NRA and gun lobby support in Congress, below is a list of politicians who receive the most gun lobby money, specifically members of the House of Representatives, according to data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics. NRA and gun lobby donations to Congress will continue to influence law and policy as long as their money keeps flowing to elected politicians. It may not sound democratic, but remember, according to Citizens United, corporations like the NRA count as people with rights. In the eyes of these representatives who receive NRA donations, guns apparently possess unalienable rights, too.

Paul Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Paul Ryan (House Speaker) age 48

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $345,489

Don Young (R-AK) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Don Young (R-AK)

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $197,272

Ken Calvert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Ken Calvert (R-CA) age 64

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $147,166

Martha McSally is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Martha McSally (R-AZ) age 52

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $124,437

Pete Sessions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Pete Sessions (R-TX) age 63

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $122,776

Ed Royce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Ed Royce (R-CA) age 66

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $109,120

Bob Goodlatte is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) age 65

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $107,850

Mike Coffman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Mike Coffman (R-CO) age 63

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $107,093

Collin Peterson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Collin Peterson (D-MN) age 73

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $96,500

Tom McClintock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Tom McClintock (R-CA) age 61

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $95,156

Greg Walden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Greg Walden (R-OR) age 61

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $93,400

Mia Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Mia Love (R-UT) age 42

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $93,119

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Steve King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Steve King (R-IA) age 68

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $90,907

Ken Buck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Ken Buck (R-CO) age 59

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $89,873

Kevin McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) age 53

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $86,850

Joe Barton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Joe Barton (R-TX) age 68

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $86,698

Steve Chabot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Steve Chabot (R-OH) age 65

Total earned from gun lobby: $85,507

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Kevin Yoder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Kevin Yoder (R-KS) age 42

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $80,950

Scott Tipton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Scott Tipton (R-CO) age 61

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $79,704

Michael McCaul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Michael McCaul (R-TX) age 56

Total earned from gun lobbyists:$76,050

Mike Simpson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Mike Simpson (R-ID) age 67

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $75,983

Frank Lucas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Frank Lucas (R-OK) age 58

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $73,324

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Hal Rogers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Hal Rogers (R-KY) age 80

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $73,100

Robert Aderholt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Robert Aderholt (R-AL) age 52

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $73,042

Mac Thornberry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Mac Thornberry (R-TX) age 59

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $70,000

John Culberson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
John Culberson (R-TX) age 61

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $69,250

Tim Walberg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Tim Walberg (R-MI) age 66

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $67,935

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Bill Shuster is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Bill Shuster (R-PA) age 57

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $67,000

Sam Graves is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Sam Graves (R-MO) age 54

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $66,850

Sean Duffy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Sean Duffy (R-WI) age 46

Total earned from gun lobby: $65,505

Jeb Hensarling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) age 60

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $64,700

Tom Cotton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Tom Cotton (R-AR) age 40

Total earned from gun lobby: $64,174

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Erik Paulsen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Erik Paulsen (R-MN) age 52

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $63,700

Vicky Hartzler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) age 57

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $63,555

Jeff Denham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Jeff Denham (R-CA) age 50

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $62,900

Marsha Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) age 65

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $62,550

Lamar Smith (R-TX) is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $61,350

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Will Hurd (R-TX) is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Will Hurd (R-TX)

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $59,950

Walter B. Jones, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-NC) age 75

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $59,900

Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Adrian Smith (R-NE) age 47

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $59,495

Steve Scalise is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Steve Scalise (R-LA) age 52

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $59,177

Sanford Bishop is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Sanford Bishop (R-GA) age 71

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $58,815

Patrick McHenry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Patrick McHenry (R-NC) age 42

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $57,381

Steve Stivers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Steve Stivers (R-OH) age 53

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $56,000

Rob Bishop is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Rob Bishop (R-UT) age 66

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $55,700

Robert Latta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Robert Latta (R-OH) age 61

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $55,074

Darrell Issa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Darrell Issa (R-CA) age 64

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $54,270

Mike Conaway is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Mike Conaway (R-TX) age 69

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $54,200

John Carter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
John Carter (R-TX) age 76

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $54,200

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Here's How Much Your US Representatives Get From Gun Lobbies
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) age 48

Total earned from gun lobbyists: $54,125