The National Rifle Association spending on new ads this week was no surprise, considering the powerful and well-funded gun lobby spent roughly $18 million through its political arms in the last election cycle. And the group remains committed to protecting gun makers and the Second Amendment rights of gun owners.
However, the emergence of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his super PAC spending roughly $2 million this year on a special House race in Illinois suggests both sides are looking to bolster their positions in Congress through the 2014 races and perhaps beyond.
Bloomberg, a vocal advocate of strict gun control, through his super PAC Independence USA, paid for TV ads and mailers attacking two Illinois Democrats — former Rep. Debbie Halvorson and state Sen. Toi Hutchinson — who were running for Jessie Jackson Jr.’s open seat and have had high NRA ratings. The primary is Tuesday and considered too close to call.
Interesting that the anti-rights activists demonize the NRA for spending money, but never cast the same aspersions against Bloomberg, or the Joyce Foundation. Note that the NRA represents MILLIONS of Americans, and can be joined by anybody, and once you reach the requirements, can vote on how the group works. Meanwhile Bloomberg and Joyce are closed shops that represent dozens at best who are chosen by undisclosed means.