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In a state where top Republican lawmakers have pushed bills to make it easier to get guns and shied away from calling for drastic gun control measures, some have assumed Florida’s legislators are reliant on money from the National Rifle Association.
But that’s not how it works. Though the group spends millions on some candidates, such as Sen. Marco Rubio (when you count donations and expenditures on his behalf, according to the New York Times), they don’t spend much at all on individual statehouse campaigns.
More than 17 years ago, the NRA’s Political Victory Fund gave $500 to State Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, who last week declined to comment when reporters asked him what to do to stop mass shootings. It was a drop in the bucket of Bean’s 2000 campaign, which raised more than $223,000.