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NRA vs. Michael Bloomberg Smackdown!
Real Clear Policy ^ | April 16, 2014 | Robert VerBruggen

Posted on 04/17/2014 9:20:44 AM PDT by neverdem

The former New York City mayor is dedicating himself to a new group that will organize voters who support gun control; called Everytown for Gun Safety, it will subsume his existing groups (Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense), and it will focus specifically on expanding background checks. His previous approach was to fund ad campaigns in races where gun control was an issue.

Here's how he matches up with his arch-rival.

Money

Bloomberg says he'll be putting at least $50 million into the project this year -- and according to the New York Times, he said this "as if he were describing the tip he left on a restaurant check." He continued: "Certainly a number like that, $50 million. Let's see what happens."

According to the NRA's 2011 990 form, it pulled in more than $240 million that year, but it's difficult to say how much of that money Bloomberg will be fighting against, because the NRA isn't solely dedicated to political activism and not all of its political activism is dedicated to gun rights. (It also involves itself in hunting rights, free speech, etc.)

Only $17 million was spent through the Institute for Legislative Action, the arm of the organization dedicated exclusively to politics, and another $33.5 million was spent on publications, which include legislation-related articles but also hunting tips and whatnot...

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: americanrifleassn; banglist; bloomberg; nationalrifleassn; nra

1 posted on 04/17/2014 9:20:44 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Ya still gots to go door-to-door Mikey...

And that won’t be free...nor easy... nor painless.


2 posted on 04/17/2014 9:24:04 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: neverdem
Self-declared saint Michael Bloomberg, if you please.
3 posted on 04/17/2014 9:24:27 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; blackie; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
Bloomturd is pi$$ing up a rope.

And it isn't "grassroots" when the whole thing is funded by one statist fat-cat donor.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

4 posted on 04/17/2014 9:32:31 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Joe Brower
And it isn't "grassroots" when the whole thing is funded by one statist fat-cat donor.

I bet the NRA raises twice Self-Appointed Saint Boomberg's $50MM by building a fundraising campaign around him.

5 posted on 04/17/2014 9:36:43 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: neverdem

Meanwhile . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrxjYfl05ek&feature=share


6 posted on 04/17/2014 9:36:53 AM PDT by conserv8
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To: Joe Brower
...it isn't "grassroots" when the whole thing is funded by one statist fat-cat donor.

I wish liberal elite billionaires would quit pretending they're 'down with the people'... they should just hire their goons and quit pretending.

7 posted on 04/17/2014 9:39:37 AM PDT by GOPJ (MSNBC reporters couldn't spot a criminal if he was at the company Christmas party.)
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To: neverdem
Of all the so-called unbelievable things that we see in the world of politics and government today, the one behavior that I consider truly unbelievable is the inability of some of these guys to understand that regarding the NRA and the Tea Party, there is no central monolith that they can attack and destroy. When these aholes say "I hate the NRA", they are actually telling several million US voters that they hate us. These morons actually believe that if they could somehow destroy "the NRA", that it would somehow take with it the undying ideals contained in the hearts of every member... I mean, I don't even LIKE the NRA, but I feed them money every year in the name of the 2nd Amendment. I am, in fact, a single issue voter if it all comes down to that, and I don't think I'm alone.

But hey, I guess we just sit back and let them throw rocks (in the form of millions of dollars) at an autonomous movement that cannot be destroyed with ANY amount of money. Fortunately, even the most vile, left-handed socialist pig of a politician knows the dangers that gun control pose to his pitiful future... well, minus a couple of true nut jobs at least. I know we can't bank on that, and that is why... even if you really don't like the NRA, donating the money to them is one of the few defense mechanisms we have to keep everyone in check.

8 posted on 04/17/2014 9:41:11 AM PDT by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: Joe Brower

You are absolutely correct!


9 posted on 04/17/2014 9:42:50 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: neverdem

Heh, Bloom dork will lose his....dork!


10 posted on 04/17/2014 9:46:15 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: neverdem

Mike’s $50M will blow away into the wind, with nothing to show for it.

Hey Mike, it’s going to take something like $10 Billion to really make a difference. Write that check.


11 posted on 04/17/2014 9:46:30 AM PDT by lurk
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To: neverdem

Will this make Filthy Harry (Reid) give a second thought to his sliming of the Koch Bothers? How about other Dems?


12 posted on 04/17/2014 9:50:30 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: neverdem
Hey nanny Bloomberg! I hope you get herpes.

5.56mm

13 posted on 04/17/2014 9:50:38 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: neverdem

This isn’t about the NRA or guns. This is about building a base from which to run for office. He is a smart man, smart enough to know his money is not going to change gun laws.


14 posted on 04/17/2014 9:56:38 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: lurk

Indeed, Jesus said to give it all away. I figure. bloombutt will not. Now Obama might make him in the end because Obama has a death wish like the Dark Knight.


15 posted on 04/17/2014 9:57:26 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: neverdem

What is that saying about insanity and doing the same thing over and over?

When are politicians going to learn, that unless they represent Berkeley CA or SanFagsisco CA or some other such hippy haven, a campaign for gun control is political suicide.


16 posted on 04/17/2014 10:11:10 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong! ..... ♂+♀=♥)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> called Everytown for Gun Safety, it will subsume his existing groups (Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense), and it will focus specifically on expanding background checks.

I also have two hands. A fire extinguisher will actually work pretty well. Thanks neverdem.


17 posted on 04/17/2014 10:16:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: neverdem

Bloomberg is one of a host of Wall St. billionaires trying to destroy America. Several of these bad actors are neocons who work inside of the GOP to push amnesty and the gay agenda.

We need a crackdown on Wall St.


18 posted on 04/17/2014 10:20:48 AM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: neverdem
From the article: One study found that an NRA endorsement can boost a candidate's vote share by 3 percent for every 10,000 members in the district. Bloomberg's most recent push for background checks lost to a filibuster in the Senate.

One notes the NRA's past endorsement of Harry Reid in that light.

19 posted on 04/17/2014 10:26:11 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: neverdem

We won’t give up our guns and freedom. BloomingIdiot is just farting in the wind.


20 posted on 04/17/2014 10:31:33 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic

This is meant to bankrupt the NRA.

It’s Reaganesque. That’s what he did to the Soviets.


21 posted on 04/17/2014 10:36:06 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: M Kehoe

I wouldn’t wish contact with that statist tyrant a-hole on a perfectly innocent herpes virus.


22 posted on 04/17/2014 10:47:27 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: neverdem

Glad to see this runt waste $50 million, but he still ticks me off.


23 posted on 04/17/2014 11:04:40 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: neverdem

Gun rights doesn’t win because the NRA is spending money, it wins because there are 10,000+ politically active gun owners in each and every congressional district.


24 posted on 04/17/2014 12:50:17 PM PDT by jdege
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To: Joe Brower
And it isn't "grassroots" when the whole thing is funded by one statist fat-cat donor.

Mediaspeak "grassroots" = funded by a fat cat anti-gun democrat or the national democratic party
"NRA" = opposition to gun control by millions of gun owners - true grass roots

25 posted on 04/17/2014 3:36:53 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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