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NRA Spending

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Al P, Aug 1, 2012.

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  1. Al P

    Al P TS Member

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    I was reading the Los Angeles Times (July 29, 2012, Front Page) and noticed an article talking about the NRA's political influence.

    Included in the article was the following:
    "Tax returns show the NRA spends far more on staff that on federal races. In 2010, for example, it spent $51.6 million on salaries and benefits for its employees, including more than $1 million for Kayne B Robinson, the executive director for general operations, and nearly $1 million for Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre."

    Further into the article, it stated that the NRA had a staff of 80.

    As a member of the NRA for many years, I have never noticed any audit report in any of the monthly publications that I receive from them.

    Is this amount of spending on salaries and benefits somewhat heavy?

    What say you?

    Al P
  2. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    What percentage of their overall expenditures does the $51.6M represent?

    They do a lot more than spend $ on federal races.

    The LA Times could try and scare you by saying they spend a lot more on staff than office supplies, that would be about as appropriate a comparison if you want to pick out one specific thing they do, and compare it to the employment costs of the entire organization.
  3. Joe Potosky

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    What does the NRA get for the big bucks they spend on politics?

    “They get very powerful and effective lobbying,” says Peter Cohan, a Forbes Magazine contributor who covers the effects of money on gun policy. Cohan tells Jennifer Granholm that the gun industry must be happy when tragedy strikes because gun sales increase as citizens worry about others having weapons, even though more weapons could make a mass shooting situation more dangerous. “People are irrational. They are afraid. Fear causes them to go out and buy more guns,” Cohan says.
  4. spritc

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    Here's another idiot talking about more guns more crime. The NRA is the most effective organization dedicated to the preservation of the 2nd Amendment. Doubt it and you are an idiot as well.
  5. shot410ga

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    The NRA is the most powerful lobbing organization in DC. They do a great job. I for one don't begrudge the salaries. If a congressman or senator gets targeted by the NRA, they are pretty much history. With the exceptions of some extremely liberal parts of the country.
  6. Rick Barker

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    Money well spent, as the results have shown.
  7. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Last I heard Wayne was getting a salery in the high 3's but if Kayne and Wayne are getting 1 mil a year, good for them they deserve it.

    LIFE MEMBER
  8. The Stive

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    We need them to keep fighting for us. The money spent to belong to the NRA
    is money well spent. John
  9. STOS

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    Endowment member working on Patron worth every penny!!!!
  10. timberfaller

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    Money well spent indeed!!!!

    What the LA Times should report is back to back the NRA verses George Soros and Brady in what they gave to the Anti's(mostly Democrats).

    If the LA Times wanted to look like they Weren't BIASED!!
  11. GW22

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    $51.6M / 80 = $645K avg. per employees. I don't believe that.

    -Gary
  12. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like an awfully suspect assertion. No doubt the NRA spends a lot on some of its head honchos, but there's something amiss with the figures. I'm wondering if there are other expenses included in that figure, including offices, support staff, infrastructure, etc.?
  13. Stl Flyn

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    Man, that almost sounds like union leader money! I know it is voluntary contributions, but come on.
  14. Joe Potosky

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    You want the best to defend gun rights, you have to pay.
  15. RobertT

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    Have to wonder where our second amendment would stand in the absense of the NRA. Perhaps more staffing and pay raises are in order.

    Robert
  16. Fhil Whiner

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    Al P,

    Are you a member? Really? I have never seen a publication of the books either, but, I am sure glad they are there.

    I can't contribute all the time, but I vote, send cards, call and e-mail when ever possible.

    AND I sure wouldn't believe anything the L.A. fish wrapper prints.

    Benefactor member and I have belonged since 1980
  17. spritc

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    Stl Flyn,

    Careful, you're showing your anti-gun, liberal, socialist, marxists tendencies. I would give all that I have to keep the 2nd Amendment from being trashed by the likes of you and your pals odumbass, piglosi and reid (notice no caps?). Anti-gunners like you think they come to a site like this and throw your inuendo around and feel like you've done a good job. But in reality, you give us more resolve to defeat your silly asses in November. So keep it coming, we look forward to each of yours and johnny's stupid comments.
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    I am NRA life since birth.
    BIg shots,someone, anyone, name one large legal law suite they,NRA, initiated in the last 10 years. Lee
  19. Stl Flyn

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    I have owned a Kolar, dude, and you are no kolardude. LOL

    Why all the hatred, insinuations, and name calling? Please give everything you have, if that is what you believe. I am sure they will use it. It is not any different than a large corporation. They have to pay their people big money and bonuses to keep them too.

    I would bet that you are against more of my rights, than I am of yours.
  20. slic lee

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    The NRA was a govt charter organization, used to be run and paid for by the US govt. Much happened between.
    Was a hard line institution until the 70's until Wayne and his hollywood group out flanked the hardline NRAILA headed by Neal Knox and that was the beginning of the end of no compromise NRA members on the board.
    Look up the NRA,read its beginning to now.My dad and his brothers escaped and came here legally before Russians killed almost everyone in their village.
    He remembers the slaughter as a little boy,the russian troops killing and worse as the people of the village ran and hid until they left. Thats why the NRA, I got my first BB gun at 5, a Daisy Red Ryder brand new. The beginning of my addiction. I still have my first shotgun,a Ithaca pump.
    I gave my BB gun to my brother and he to his first son and he ended its life.
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