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The NRA Can Be So Secretive About Its Russian Donors Because It Blocked Campaign Finance Reform
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The NRA Can Be So Secretive About Its Russian Donors Because It Blocked Campaign Finance Reform

Alex Tausanovitch writes about the questions around the National Rifle Association's Russian donors.

As the National Rifle Association gathers for its annual convention in Dallas, questions loom about the organization’s relationship with Russian donors, and whether any Russian money went towards the NRA’s multimillion dollar efforts to support the Trump campaign.

In the 2016 election cycle, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action — its dark money affiliate — reported spending over $35 million on election-related activities (more than any other dark money group) without the reporting the source of its funds. Curiously, the ILA leapfrogged its way to the top of that list, after spending a mere $13 million the previous cycle and $9 million the cycle before that. We can only wonder where the influx of funds is coming from.

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Authors

Alex Tausanovitch

Director, Campaign Finance and Electoral Reform