HARTFORD (CBS CONNECTICUT) — As the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting approaches, the massacre that helped spark a national gun control debate also generated another trend – record-setting fundraising by the National Rifle Association.
The NRA’s political arm is set to shatter decade-long fundraising records, with the Political Victory Fund already passing its $10 million mark for the calendar year, the CT post reports. The fund raised $10.2 by Sept. 30, which is $1 million more than the organization pulled in throughout all of 2012, according to the Federal Election Commission.
The gun legislation debate also focused in on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s signing of gun control measures in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting that claimed twenty-six lives. The laws are considered some of the strictest in the country. The package included an expanded assault weapons ban, background checks and ammunition restrictions.
The fund used to support candidates who embrace Second Amendment rights and oppose gun restrictions will likely direct its efforts towards Malloy as he runs for re-election next year, reports the CT Post.
The Obama administration has stated that the gun control legislation battle is not over despite the Senate’s rejection of the bipartisan proposal last April. The vote to expand background checks on gun sales died in the Senate with a vote of 54-46.
“I want everyone to understand — this is just the beginning. This is not the end,” Democratic Sen. Harry Reid said at the time.
The NRA had not previously raised as much money since 2000, when they reported pulling in $13 million.
The Center for Responsive Politics reported that only 23 of the larger donations amounting to $7,850 came from Connecticut-based donors.