GOP-leaning NRA spent $15 million to oust Obama from office in 2012

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 05, 2013 09:10 hrs

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its political action committee spent a whopping 15 million dollars to try and make sure that President Barack Obama would not be re-elected in 2012, the most the group spent either for, or against, any single candidate, an analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission has revealed.

MapLight, a California-based non-partisan research organization that tracks money in politics, reviewed campaign spending by the NRA and found that in addition to the cash the group shelled out to pay for negative ads targeting Obama, the group also donated 3.4 million dollars to promote Mitt Romney's candidacy.

Though hardly a surprise, Republican candidates received much more cash assistance from the NRA in 2012 than did Democrats, the New York Daily News reports.

MapLight said that in all, the gun rights organization donated to promote GOP politicians 87 percent of the time.

The NRA spent 920,732 dollars to try and defeat Ohio's Sherrod Brown, 666,331 dollars to sink Florida's Bill Nelson, 638, 235 dollars against Virginia's Tim Kaine, and 350,966 dollars against Missouri's Claire McCaskill, the report said.

All four Democrats were re-elected to the Senate.

Not all of the candidates supported by the NRA lost last year, however. The group spent 118,179 dollars helping to re-elect Utah Orin Hatch, and shelled out 344,752 dollars to help Arizona's Jeff Flake land a seat in the Senate, data from OpenSecrets showed, the report added. (ANI)

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