Sen. Feinstein, it’s time to hang up whatever symbols of power they assigned you when you ascended to the Senate so many, many years ago. You’re clearly suffering from a neurological disorder, and it’s advanced to the point that you’ve become incoherent.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the gun manufacturers’ trade association, contributed $34,000 to federal candidates’ campaigns in 2012. Open Secrets also reports that the NSSF spent $1,130,000 on lobbying in 2011-2012 and a total of $51,990 in PAC money during the 2012 election cycle. According to their “2012 Economic Impact Report,” the firearms and ammunition industries employ 99,820 people. This averages out to $12.18 per person in total political spending for the 2012 election cycle.
The NSSF estimates that the entire firearms and ammunition industry generated about $6 billion in revenue for 2012. If these companies were combined into one, it would rank around 410 on the Fortune 500 list.
The NRA currently has almost 5 million members, according to NRA sources. During the 2012 election cycle, the NRA spent a total of $22.7M on federal politics: $1.1M in direct campaign contributions, $5.5M on lobbying, and $16.2M in PAC money, which included another $1.5M in campaign contributions. Assuming “almost 5 million” is closer to 4.9M members, the NRA spent about $4.64 per member on federal politics during the last election cycle. Feinstein apparently believes that some Americans have more First Amendment rights than others, with net worth being a major criterion:
* Advertising to promote proposed federal gun control
Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum spent $382,600 on federal campaigns during the 2012 election cycle, including $5,000 for Barack Obama and $11,000 for congressional candidates. He gave $61,600 to the Democratic Senatorial Committee, and $300,000 to Majority PAC. Five other Blum Capital employees contributed $7,650, including $5,900 to Dianne Feinstein.
Open Secrets calls Majority PAC’s viewpoint “liberal.” It spent over $38 million during the 2012 election cycle: $3.6M for Democratic candidates, and $34.5M against Republican candidates. Blum also has benefited financially from his wife’s actions in the Senate:
Blum spent $32,800 during the 2008 election cycle and another $50,500 in 2010, around the time the FDIC contract was in negotiation.
Feinstein didn’t complain about Blum’s money influencing the outcome, despite her supposedly being concerned that political spending creates undue influence in Washington.
Forbes currently lists New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the 13th richest billionaire in the world, with a net worth of $27B. Bloomberg, co-chair of pro-gun control organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns, spent $13.7M during the 2012 election cycle, including the entire $10M collected by the Independence USA PAC, which Open Secrets calls “liberal.”
Bloomberg, via Independence USA, spent $2.3M trying to replace NRA “A”-graded Daniel Webster (FL-10) with an “F”-graded challenger, and spent $3.3M trying to replace Joe Baca (CA-35, NRA grade “B+”) with an NRA “D”-graded challenger. Another half-million went to replacing “A”-graded Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-24) with “F”-graded Dan Maffei.
Bloomberg recently spent another $12M on a multi-state advertising campaign, attempting to influence representatives to vote for pending federal gun-control legislation. But while promoting greater restrictions for the average American, Bloomberg’s police guards received “special permission” to carry guns while in relatively gun-free Bermuda:
The mayor also takes along a police detail when he travels … the city pays their wages while they are there, as it does whether Mr. Bloomberg is New York or not. Guns are largely forbidden in Bermuda — even most police officers do not use them — but the mayor’s guards have special permission to carry weapons.
Feinstein hasn’t expressed concern over Bloomberg using his wealth to influence local elections or federal legislation.
Need more? Today, as her AWB was headed to ignominious defeat, she begged/demanded that her fellow travelers ban “large velocity guns.” Good Lord.
Sen. Feinstein, you’re either manifestly insane, a stinking hypocrite, suffering from dementia or so out of touch from reality it should be a mental illness. We vote for “All The Above.”