Sr. Diggler forwarded TTAG command an email blast from Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC [copy after the jump]. The Giffords/Kelly civilian disarmament coalition wants money to help fund anti-gun Dems in the forthcoming mid-term elections – and beyond! And here’s news: “Thankfully, a generous supporter has pledged to match – dollar for dollar – every donation we receive between now and June 30.” Who dat? I vaguely remember a Texan filling the ARS holes in their budget. And found this handy chart of anti-gun money flow from August 2013 at newsmuckety.com. Suffice it to say, this was before Moms hit the scene and Mayor Bloomberg’s $50m pledge to destroy your gun rights. And NONE of the anti-gun groups can claim the honest-to-God grass roots support funding the NRA, SAF, GOA and other pro-gun agitators . . .
For decades, the gun lobby’s massive political and lobbying war chest has fostered a culture of fear in the halls of Congress and state capitals across the country.Stand in their way, and there’d be a price to pay.But in 2013, we took the political world by storm. No single campaign or organization raised more money from a larger number of individual contributions than we did. And in that process, we sent an undeniable message that the playing field would soon be level – that politicians seeking change had nothing to fear from the gun lobby because a grassroots movement had their back.Now the trick is doing it again in 2014 – showing Congress that support for responsible solutions to reduce gun violence wasn’t a one-year phenomenon.We have a Federal Election Commission reporting deadline in less then one week, and everyone will be looking to see how we do this year. Thankfully, a generous supporter has pledged to match – dollar for dollar – every donation we receive between now andJune 30.Can Gabby and I count on you to help us challenge the gun lobby in all fifty states with a $5 contribution today? All gifts will be matched by a generous donor, doubling your impact.
In 2012, the gun lobby spent almost $20 million on political ads and lobbying. They never expected this kind of challenge less than two years later.