$1.6 million spent this year lobbying Congress
Two bills to improve background checks passed the House in February. However, the Republican controlled Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, blocked both from even coming up for a vote. CNBC investigated how much money the NRA gave to Congressional members to make this happen.
The NRA’s PAC, the National Rifle Association of America Victory Fund, gave the reelection committee of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky $4,950 in June, according to Federal Election Commission documents. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, received $2,450 from the committee. Two House Freedom Caucus members and staunch Trump allies, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., each saw $1,000 go into their campaign coffers.