Following the tragic Newtown shooting that closed the books on 2012, the National Rifle Association opened up its checkbook to start 2013.
According to the latest financial disclosures logged by the Center for Responsive Politics, the NRA spent roughly $830,000 in the first quarter of 2013 in an effort to influence gun legislation.
As noted by PBS, the group’s bid to sway Congress was bolstered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation – an organization which represents gun manufacturers and retail companies that sell firearms.
The NSSF spent $480,000 in lobbying during the first quarter of 2013 alone, a number that represents a sharp increase from similar polls taken a year ago.
Although the NSSF initially said in February it wouldn’t take a position on expanding background checks, they came out just one month later in strong opposition to the bill. Many have said the group’s change in stance was an attempt to side with the NRA, a much more powerful organization.
The Gun Owners of America, a smaller pro-gun group that considers itself more hardline than even the NRA, also spent just over $300,000 thru the first quarter of 2013.
Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns posted a considerable increase in their spending against pro-gun groups, with figures just under $300,000.
Although the NRA dwarfed the rest of its competition to start the New Year, it didn’t have to break out the checkbook more so than usual. The $830,000 the group spent in the first quarter of this year is about average to what it spent during each quarter of last year.