Saturday, July 21, 2012

$252M and $5M:
NRA v Brady Center Budget

Let me begin with a disclosure. In the early 1990s I donated money to the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, which is now the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and an affiliate, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. My contributions were under $50 and I was proud to be a card-carrying member of the organization because I strongly favor gun and ammo control.

In the aftermath of the massacre at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, I want to shine a light on the most recent IRS 990 filings for both Brady nonprofits and the three National Rifle Association nonprofits. This info helps explain why America's bloody violence and death toll from guns is outrageously high.

First, the 2010 tax filings for the Brady nonprofits report these amounts for revenue:

Brady Center: $3.0

Brady Campaign: $2.8 million

Total: $5.8 million

Next, here are the revenue figures for the NRA and its two affiliates in 2010:

National Rifle Association: $227.8 million

NRA Foundation: $23.3 million

NRA Freedom Action: $1.8 million

Total: $252.9 million

Pardon the expression, but the Brady groups with their puny $5.8 budget are woefully outgunned by the massive $225.9 revenue of the NRA groups. Seeing these numbers explains why so many politicians are slaves to the gun lobby and fear proposing or enacting sensible gun control laws.

Over at, the chart for the Brady Center's PAC over all spending from 1990 through 2012 shows only one year where they spent more than $1 million:

The chart for their spending reveals they've never given more than $350,000 in any election cycle, and the bulk of the money went to Democrats:

For the NRA's PAC, the chart shows their best fundraising ($18 million) and money doled out ($16 million approximately) year was in 2000. For the 2012 election cycle, they've taken in an estimated $8 million so far and have spent more than $3.6 million:

The NRA PAC made most of its donations to Republicans, and in many years the total donated was at or above $900,000:

Blood and carnage have not been strong enough factors to motivate politicians to stand up to the NRA bullies, and until serious money is raised and spent to match the NRA I don't expect anything to change to curb gun violence. It pains me to say that the deaths and harms in Aurora, Colorado, won't do much to loosen the grip of the gun lobby on our political system.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting and thought provoking. Thanks for posting.