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More bad news for the anti-gun crowd as the Brady Campaign sells its member list to raise cash
Examiner.com [Indianapolis] ^ | June 11, 12:30 PM | Rob Reed

Posted on 06/11/2010 6:50:34 PM PDT by archy

As the American public increasingly turns away from the gun control agenda, the leading gun control group has been forced to sell its membership list to raise money.

While NRA membership nears 4 million members, the flagship gun control group, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, has been revealed to have just over 50,000 members.

The once-secret Brady Campaign membership numbers were discovered when gun rights activist and blogger Joe Huffman found that the Brady Campaign was selling its membership list for direct mail marketing.

As Huffman points out, 50,000 members is far below the "about half a million members" that Michael D. Barnes, then Brady president, claimed in a 2004 interview.

That means that either Barnes misstated the "about half a million" number back in 2004 or, if that membership number was accurate, that about 450,000 former members of the Brady Campaign have left the anti-gun group in the last six years.

Either way, it's the latest in a string of bad news for the gun control group.

In my recent article, The tide turns in the battle for gun rights as the Brady Campaign withers away, I wrote about the staggering drop in donors, funding and expenditures for the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence - Voter Education PAC.

This includes a fund raising drop from $1.7 million raised in the 2000 election cycle to just over $15,000 raised in the 2008 election cycle.

The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence - Voter Education PAC is the arm of the Brady Campaign that directly receives and distributes funds to political candidates to influence elections.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; brady; bradywatch; digg; guncontrol; guns

1 posted on 06/11/2010 6:50:34 PM PDT by archy
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To: archy

Not surprising that a 50,000 member group screams so loud as to actually get noticed.


2 posted on 06/11/2010 6:54:50 PM PDT by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: archy

The Brady Bunch will receive stimulus cash for “educational purposes” just before the election.


3 posted on 06/11/2010 6:55:36 PM PDT by stylin_geek (Greed and envy is used by our political class to exploit the rich and poor.)
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To: archy

Excellent.


4 posted on 06/11/2010 6:56:29 PM PDT by Ritemind (My two cents are still precious metals.)
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To: archy

I’m not so sure this is a desperation move. I thnk this is a dangerous time for the left and a list like this has a lot of value for forces trying to reach sympathetic voters on the left. It’s simply a good time to sell.


5 posted on 06/11/2010 7:01:03 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: archy

The Brady Campaign: badly outnumbered and outgunned.


6 posted on 06/11/2010 7:05:22 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: archy

This can only be a negative for the Brady group. I see pro-gun groups obtaining this list and using it to good use.
Of course there are other not so law-abiding groups that may obtain this list and use it for nefarious uses. I see nothing but bad use for the uses of this group of people.

Unfortunately, that is what happens when you look for monetary gain from your membership.


7 posted on 06/11/2010 7:07:47 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: archy

I hope none of their members gets mad and goes postal about it. ;^)


8 posted on 06/11/2010 7:08:08 PM PDT by TigersEye ("Flotilla" means "pirate ships running supplies to terrorists.")
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To: Deagle
Mailing list rentals usually have restrictions on their use. Even if a pro-gun group used a straw renter, that party could get in big trouble if the list were used for other than its intended purpose.

In some cases, the group selling the list is in charge of the mailing as well (after doing things like weeding out duplicates, and omitting people on do not mail lists, etc.)
9 posted on 06/11/2010 7:14:54 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: archy

Who would want to be associated with a hate group like Brady??? I sure wouldn’t.


10 posted on 06/11/2010 7:16:44 PM PDT by BCR #226 (07/02 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I’m sure that you are probably right... I was thinking about those that get the list through nefarious sources...they always do.

I am not really sure that many of those would not put those lists to good use...but maybe I’m wrong (for legal reasons).


11 posted on 06/11/2010 7:18:41 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Deagle
Do you really think criminals would be interested in the names and addresses of wealthy liberals who don't have guns?

Why,whatever would they do with that info?

12 posted on 06/11/2010 7:23:23 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham

Heh...


13 posted on 06/11/2010 7:24:10 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: archy
Brady Campaign sells its member list to raise cash

With so few members, what did they get? A couple of hundred bucks?

14 posted on 06/11/2010 7:31:24 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: hoosierham
Do you really think criminals would be interested in the names and addresses of wealthy liberals who don't have guns?

what makes you think THEY don't have guns... or at least their private or publicly funded guards have them?

It's the little people's guns they want grabbed.

15 posted on 06/11/2010 7:34:08 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: archy

The brady campaign is an organization dedicated to eliminating a certain weapon, not about punishing those who use those weapons. What they don’t understand is that if a certain weapon is eliminated, the bad guys will just pick up another weapon. It’s like a dog chasing it’s tail. They will have to campaign against machetes, tire irons, pocket knives, 2X4’s, hammers, ice picks and on and on. Seriously misguided bunch of children.


16 posted on 06/11/2010 7:38:18 PM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: archy

Warms the cockles of me heart, it does.


17 posted on 06/11/2010 7:40:28 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: archy

My how the “mighty” have fallen! It has been about 20 years since ABC NEWS considered her their “Person of the Week”.


18 posted on 06/11/2010 8:04:38 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Viva los SB 1070)
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To: archy

a mailing list of 50,000 probably means less than 5,000 actual dues paying members.

Washington staffers, think tank members, media members all on the list without sending a penny to Brady.


19 posted on 06/11/2010 8:19:59 PM PDT by lack-of-trust
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To: archy
Second Amendment Sisters was formed to rally against the Million Mom March back on Mother's Day 2000. We are now 10 years old and in good shape with a membership that continues to grow. It is very heartening indeed to see this news. SAS would never sell it's membership list--not even those who 's memberships have expired and were not renewed.


20 posted on 06/11/2010 9:07:28 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: archy; Deagle; El Gato
 
From Eric Thompson, President of TGSCOM, Inc. :
 
 
Turd!
 
 
As someone that has debated Paul Helmke and the Brady group on national television, I am very pleased to report that I was wrong when I called them "disingenuous". It was far too nice. They are full of s&@t!

It has been found out recently that in order to raise money for their "cause", that they have been forced to offer for sale their member list. One would think that a membership of their stated 500,000 would bring in a pretty penny, but wait, there are only 50,000 names available for sale. On a personal note, this is a little troubling because I and many of my staff are signed up for their organization to keep tabs on what propaganda they vomit up every so often. I have to wonder what sort of lefty email I've subjected myself to now. Anyone else signed up to keep track of the opposition too? I can't imagine that I'm alone here. Which would only further lower their numbers.

Anyway, on top of a big expected win later this month with the Supreme Court, we get this little bit of light hearted news to further discredit the Brady group. Please do your part to spread it around as much as possible and let's see if we can't put them into the history books as the obsolete, lying and disgustingly self serving group of leftists that they are.

Please see the original story here: http://blog.joehuffman.org/2010/05/28/BradyCampaignMembershipNumbers.aspx

The list can be found for sale here: http://lists.nextmark.com/market?page=order/online/datacard&id=163065

 


21 posted on 06/11/2010 9:08:51 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: lapsus calami; Travis McGee; Squantos
 
 
BTT
 
 
 

22 posted on 06/11/2010 9:15:14 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: Texas resident

“The brady campaign is an organization dedicated to eliminating a certain weapon, not about punishing those who use those weapons.”

No, they are about eliminating all weapons!


23 posted on 06/11/2010 9:16:30 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: archy

Would be a great list to get hold of. Imagine the lawsuit the next time someone is gunned down in an unconstitutional gun control zone. I imagine there are 50,000 deep pockets to mine.


24 posted on 06/11/2010 9:31:44 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: lapsus calami

Albeit we keep such in the light of day, for they are never really done.

Stick a fork in em........they be toast under their current banner.


25 posted on 06/12/2010 1:26:55 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos
 
 
Vigilance, always.
 
 

26 posted on 06/13/2010 9:29:20 AM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: archy

“Doin’ the happy dance... doin the happy dance...” - Baseketball


27 posted on 06/14/2010 1:27:21 AM PDT by mbennett203 ("Bulrog, a tough brute ninja who has dedicated his life to eradicating the world from hippies.")
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To: archy
I would bet the 50,000 number is to high and includes ex-members, etc. The real membership number is probably half that.
28 posted on 06/14/2010 5:08:55 AM PDT by detective
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To: BCR #226
Who would want to be associated with a hate group like Brady??? I sure wouldn’t.

I just KNEW somebody woukd say something like this. Who, you ask? Who else!

29 posted on 06/15/2010 6:53:30 PM PDT by archy (Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam)
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To: PA Engineer
Would be a great list to get hold of. Imagine the lawsuit the next time someone is gunned down in an unconstitutional gun control zone. I imagine there are 50,000 deep pockets to mine.

Oh, it could go WELL beyond just a matter of lawsuits:

United states Code, Title 18 , U.S. Criminal code, PART I, CHAPTER 13, §ection 241

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—
They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death

30 posted on 06/15/2010 7:01:57 PM PDT by archy (Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam)
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To: archy

Thanks. Saved for future reference. There is going to have to be real justice to make this country whole again.


31 posted on 06/15/2010 7:17:50 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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