Gun-rights groups have given more than 18 times as much money to Washington state politicians as gun-control groups over the past two dozen years, according to a new report.
Groups including the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners Action League of Washington have given more than $1.35 million to Washington state and federal candidates since 1989, according to the report from the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation. Groups like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence have given about $75,000 to candidates.
The report shows that 72 percent of the Second Amendment groups’ money went to state candidates, the rest to federal candidates. The gun-control groups have done the reverse, donating just 21 percent to state candidates.
Washington state residents seeking to enact more restrictions on guns have been trying to fight back this year. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, formed last December, actually spent more on lobbying the Legislature than the NRA last year.
But in terms of election spending, the gun-rights groups still have the edge.