The National Rifle Association’s political spending is sharply down heading into the 2018 midterm elections, a shift that could reflect declining fundraising in the wake of a string of mass shootings and an FBI investigation into the group’s Russia ties.
The politically potent gun advocacy group has this year spent one-tenth of what it had spent politically at this point in 2014, according to the most recent filings with the Federal Election Commission.
So far, the NRA’s political action committee and political non-profit arm have spent just over $1.6 million in 2018 on outside expenditures, such as political attack ads, and direct campaign contributions to federal candidates and groups, compared to more than $16 million on similar expenses at this point in 2014.
In 2012 the NRA spent heavily in a failed attempt to defeat Sen. Bill Nelson. This year they have spent zero in support of Rick Scott, who after the Parkland massacre signed a bill raising the gun purchase age to 21. Scott, of course, is worth $500 million and hardly needs their money.