Boy, that NRA sure makes a lot of donations, right?

The Washington Post has this set of graphics illustrating the NRA's corrupting influence on politics.  In 2011-2012 election cycle, the NRA gave almost $600,000 spread across 236 Republican candidates (an average of $2,473 per candidate) and $74,000 to 25 Democrats.

Pretty impressive numbers until you look at donations by other groups such as lawyers.  I would have liked to have found donations by just trial lawyers, but these donations are still lopsided towards Democrats by a huge amount that completely dwarfs donations by the NRA.  Still, I suspect that the Washington Post isn't going to run a similar spread on these numbers.  Just donations to Democratic Senator Killibrand dwarfs the NRA's donations by 3.2 times.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Grouping lawyer donations in with law firms, makes the numbers meaningless. That is about as useful as adding in gun owner donations to the NRA numbers.

Additionally, that is just showing the NRA donations and not all gun advocates. So again, the apples to apples comparison would be comparing one law firms donations to the NRA.

This is meaningless and misleading data. Someone who is supposed to be a data expert should not be putting such propaganda out there without clarifying those points and it lessens your credibility.

1/17/2013 7:30 AM  

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