In an email blast from Marion Hammer, Florida’s current National Rifle Association lobbyist and former NRA president, the NRA-ILA is blasting incoming Florida Republican Senate president Bill Galvano for accepting a $200,000 donation to his Innovate Florida political action committee from Everytown for Gun Safety. That’s the civilian disarmament operation owned, operated and funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Everytown announced earlier this week that they’re spending $10 million on the 2018 election and has endorsed Democrat candidates in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and New Mexico.
A search of the Florida Department of State’s Campaign Finance Database reveals the donation:
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Sen. Galvano authored and voted for SB 7026, the gun control bill that banned bump-stock sales, raised the minimum age to 21 for Floridians to buy firearms, and created a three-day waiting period to buy any gun. The formerly NRA A-rated Galvano drafted the bill in collusion with GOP Governor Rick Scott.
Sen. Galvano isn’t the only Florida Republican to receive funds from Everytown. Sen. Anitere Flores received $35,000 in two payments in June and August to her Floridians for Strong Leadership political action committee. Flores sided with Democrats on SB 7026 with early amendment votes to eliminate a plan to arm teachers and to ban assault weapons and was one of the key figures in blocking Campus Carry and Open Carry in 2017.
Also, according to the News Service of Florida, Sen. Galvano’s committee sent $75,000 to Friends of Dana Young, a committee backing Sen. Dana Young, a Tampa area Republican, in her closely watched re-election battle in Hillsborough County’s Senate District 18.
In the end, it appears that the Florida Republican Party establishment is just fine with selling out Floridians’ civil rights for some Bloomberg cash as long as it helps them stay in office.