Florida Sen. Bill Galvano Sold Out Second Amendment Rights for $200,000

Florida Senator Bill Galvano

courtesy politico.com

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:

For a larger view of the search results, click here.

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.


  1. avatar Defens says:

    There you have it – American rights bought and sold by the “powerful anti-gun lobby.”

    And the nickel-and-dime contributions of mine and my fellow NRA-ILA/SAF/FPC members are somehow morphed by the anti’s into massive contributions by industry.

    1. avatar Bearpaw says:

      Just pulling a Trump negotiation. Now the NRA will have to buy him back for $300k.

      1. avatar neiowa says:

        Once a pol has shown that he can be bought you can never be sure he will stay bought.

        This report certainly explains much about that Fl bump stock bill and what the angry midget’s and Soros $ are doing. The bastards.

      2. avatar Ed Schrade says:

        Bearpaw….. Sounds like political prostitution doesn’t it.

        1. avatar Bearpaw says:

          The birth of prostitution led to the afterbirth of politicians.

      3. avatar CC says:

        Just pulling a Trump negotiation. Now the NRA will have to buy him back for $300k.

        more like an Obama negotiation. That is what Obama and a lot of Dems did with Keystone, why obama delayed taking a decision and delayed it to work both sides for money. Obama did the same thing with his opposition to gay marriage and support of it.

        You may like or dislike Trump for other reasons, or like Democrats love Trump’s incredibly good results (best economy in decades, lowest unemployment, best employment and wage growth for minorities and women, successful trade negotiations, etc) but whine and cry about his style. Bbut your stating that the example in florida reflects trump’s mode is not true at all.

        When Trump tells the EU, Canada or China, that he won’t bend over for their trade unfairness, and says the US wants “100” and then in the end takes “50” — that is a successful, intelligent and legitimate trade negotiation. The way the press spins it because Trump took “50” means a loss, when Obama took “0” is hilarious.

        Pretty much all Dems and too many Republcians sell their positions ot the highest bidder. the Dems whine about “citizens united” but this Everytown campaign donation was and is still be unlimited before the Citizens United decision.

        Now the NRA will have to buy him back for $300k.

        The NRA doesn’t give $200,00 donations. It is outspent by the gun control lobby 23:1. NRA has legitimate grass roots members, that is where it gets its power

  2. avatar JR says:

    If I was in his position I would take their money then vote contrary to them anyway

    1. avatar Kyle says:

      that usually doesn’t work. They money either comes later.

  3. avatar CZJay says:

    Don’t ban guns. Ban political parties.

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      Yeah that’s a great idea.

      You read? History? of anything/anywhere?

      1. avatar Blue says:

        Actually, George Washington warned about political parties. History has proven him right.

  4. avatar TheUnspoken says:

    The Republican… Er, Republicrat leadership in Florida is apparently compromised, as they continue to promote the anti gun rights Republicrats to leadership positions, so you get Negron, Galvano, Flores, who was that other despicable Miami guy? So even if you have pro gun Republicans like Greg Steube they can’t even get anything to a vote as their own leadership has blocked it. This is by design. So, how do we get to the leaders and state party that this isn’t going to fly? Voting for the lesser of evils continues to reward their own wicked and corrupt deeds. This is why I am not excited at voting for Rick Scott or others who voted against us in the coming election…

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      You forget little Marco.

      1. avatar TheUnspoken says:

        Agreed, though unfortunately he isn’t up for reelection so I can’t vote against Marco “gun confiscation without due process” Rubio. But I haven’t forgotten…

    2. avatar Robert Powell says:

      what can you expect from a wet-back cuban, HE LIKES COMMUNISIM ,THIS KIND OF TRAITOR WILL BE LUCKY THE LOCAL CUBAN MAFIA LETS HIM LIVE…they seriously do not like commies and traitors.

  5. avatar Nanashi says:

    Yet cucks insist we’re supposed to let Rick Scott win because… something.

    Rick Scott and Bill Nelson are both illegal alien loving gun grabbers. Only difference between the two is Nelson means a Republican on the ballot in 2024 and Scott encourages future Republican betrayals.

    1. avatar CC says:

      When it comes to relative evils, which in politics DOES matter, there isnt even a comparison. The Demcorats believe Heller is not legitimate meaning they believe in total gun bans for even people who have background checks and training.

      so stop.

  6. avatar pg2 says:

    A politician sold out?? No way!!

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      At least he sold himself for more than Hogge did. Now he only has to worry when Mikey B says he has a “purdey mouth”.

  7. avatar Nanashi says:

    Yet people insist we’re supposed to let Rick Scott win because… something.

    Rick Scott and Bill Nelson are both illegal alien loving gun grabbers. Only difference between the two is Nelson means a Republican on the ballot in 2024 and Scott encourages future Republican betrayals.

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      Mrs Hammer and the NRA ferret out some crucial info and publicize it but after all you’re whining and bellyaching you’re not able to acknowledge their effort? Shocking.

      1. avatar Nanashi says:

        Hammer and the rest of the NRA are to the legislation like the Democrat party is to the Iraq war: They were for it before they were against it. We have Hammer and Wayne’s explicit admission they supported a bump stock ban before the backlash on that position.

        1. avatar CZ Rider says:

          It does seem pretty suspect that they’d come out with all of those negative public statements before things like this bill passed and then turn around and claim they’re going to sue once the provision takes effect. I’m surprised the anti-gunners haven’t made more hay out of their anti-bump-stock rhetoric from last year. A more cynical person might wonder if they purposely softballed it early on to give themselves a talking point for the midterms and something to raise money off of, but I couldn’t possibly comment.

        2. avatar CC says:

          Hammer and the rest of the NRA are to the legislation like the Democrat party is to the Iraq war:

          OH STFU with your endless BS. You OBVIOUSLY have NEVER been in the office of a Republican candidate with a threatened seat in a purple district which is where all the important decisions on our gun rights are being made.

          I 100% know you have to look up your member of congress and your state Senator and state legislature Rep and have never been.

          but keep blathering your nonsense and asinine attacks on the NRA as if you know.

        3. avatar Nanashi says:

          I’ve met my congressman (and likely future governor) and all three primary candidates to replace him this year to discuss NFA repeal (the winner seemed receptive). I DO know the names of my Congressman, Senators, State Senator, (Alleged) State Representative and Governor

        4. A bump stock ban was giving up nothing. We “Members Of The NRA” understand that. If another shooting happened with the $20.00 add on piece of garbage, it would be a big problem.

        5. avatar Blue says:

          To be frank, many people on this very board were worried about the bump stocks when the first came out creating issues in the ATF. That same debate was held over the AR pistol braces. Those things were/are legal based on interpretation of ATF rules.

  8. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Thus Florida Sen. Galvano sold out Floridians for 20,000 pieces of silver.

    Anyone care to proffer the proper consequences for someone who sells us out for money?

  9. avatar ThisEnd^ says:

    You guy’s “Aren’t” heavily into reading the News are you!/? “Political nonprofits [must now] name many of their donors under Federal Court ruling after Supreme Court [declines] to intervene…

    ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/political-nonprofits-must-now-name-many-of-their-donors-under-federal-court-ruling-after-supreme-court-declines-to-intervene/2018/09/18/851ea210-bb72-11e8-9812-a389be6690af_story.html?noredirect=on )

    1. avatar CC says:

      That has NOTHING to do with this case. Everytown has four different entities with different status, and that they way they gave this has to be disclosed under the old law. this money was given by a PAC whihc always had to file.

      the ruling you mentioned still allows hundred of millions to be spent with NO disclosure by the gun control lobby. In fact Everytown can use it is 501(c)3 to plaster every city bus in Florida with singns saying “no more gun deaths” or “no more assault rifles” as a charity with no limit, no disclosure of donors – and making you pay for half its donations as donations to its ts (c)3 are tax deductible

  10. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    So the question remains unanswered….. Why is a group you disagree with buying politicians a bad thing but a group you do agree with buying politicians is something to be celebrated. Does the group you dislike use some different kind of money or something?

    1. avatar stateisevil says:

      I think your’re the only one with a question. Everyone knows, or should know, you get the government you pay for. The anti gun forces are out spending and out working the pro gun side. Only a matter of time. Checkmate.

    2. avatar Robert Powell says:


    3. avatar CC says:

      the gun control groups outspend NRA 22:1

      NRA main effect is is legitimate grass roots membership of 6 million and its Gallup approvals nationally of 58%. NRA has 6 million paying members, no gun control group in the US has more than 400 paying members. 85% of gun control funding comes from 11 billionaires and foundations. (Bloomberg, soros, Gates, Joyce Found, Kendeda Foundation, etc)

  11. avatar Gregory Peter DuPont says:

    Fucking Judas

  12. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    Galvano is just a POS lawyer.

  13. avatar Jay in currently BS Floriduh and ashamed of it says:

    Time to banish these money sucking POS republicans in name only.
    Flores is at least a know turncoat always has been.
    Florida is full of this “Rhino” cancer and it needs to be cut off and tossed out………………………..
    If only I as one person could cause a recall. Id have done it yesterday.
    It time to vote for Other in our elections come November.

    1. avatar CZ Rider says:

      At this point I’m thinking the elections themselves are a lost cause. Everyone’s just going to pull their usual lever and go about their day. I think we’d see more meaningful change from a shake-up in the party itself, but I have a feeling there’s as much chance of that happening as there is that the RINOs will all have a come to ballistic Jesus moment and start voting for gun rights.

      1. avatar CC says:

        Thanks for supporting bloomberg’s strategy. You are helping him.

  14. avatar Maps Bam says:

    This little organization is doing more than the giant NRA. Stop supporting the NRA!

  15. The Deep State is worse now than ever. If anyone on this forum is not an NRA member, you are a hypocrite. Here is my link to join and save ten bucks. https://membership.nrahq.org/forms/signup.asp?campaignid=XR024779

  16. avatar Bierce Ambrose says:

    Well, that’s about 10x the amounts that pop up in NYS corruption and influence-peddling. I’m developing a grudging respect for Florida.

  17. I live in Parkland, FL. Besides the obvious problems….we have 300,000 plus Puerto Ricans now in Orlando, Obama put 250,000 Haitians in FL after the earthquake. They are paid and brainwashed to vote liberal. BIG problem for electoral votes….

  18. avatar Sora says:

    This is why you have to go out and vote in Primaries, share news like this on social media (like it or not that’s the only word of mouth), and plaster them all over gun stores, with permission.

    Taking it lying down is how Communism crept over all those nations and I don’t shed a single tear for the ones who deserved it.

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