'Thoughts & Prayers' And The NRA
February 15, 2018

Last night, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio tweeted out the same trite banality he always does when there's been a particularly bad massacre (as opposed to a run-of-the-mill, almost daily massacre) in the United States:

MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle didn't think much of his standard-issue boiler-plate, especially so as Portman is part of the problem himself, with over $3 million in NRA donations over the years. ($3,061,941 to be exaxt, according to the Center for Responsive Politics).

So where does this figure come from? From the same source, the NRA gave Portman $710,000 for his 2016 race against Ted Strickland. They also spent $2.3 million running negative ads and mailers against Strickland, all to make sure that this pro-death Senator stays in Congress to do their bidding. In total, the NRA spent over $54 million in the last election alone to keep their pro-death agenda humming along.

And who are the leading pro-death Senators? Portman isn't even the worst offender. Not by a long shot, pardon the pun.


Are the lifetime leaders, according to the data, and presented in a New York Times article last fall.

And for 2016 alone, here are your most pro-death recipients:

Donald Trump — $31,194,646

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) — $6,297,551
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — $3,298,405
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) — $3,105,294
Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) — $2,888,132
Former Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) — $2,529,305
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)— $2,319,755
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)—$650,745
Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.)—$215,786
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)—$167,411

A rogue's gallery of villains, one and all.


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