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Which Rhode Island Politicians Receive the Most Cash from the NRA?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


With all eyes on the tragedy in Newtown, CT, there has been plenty of talk in Washington and across the United States about reforming gun laws. So how connected is the National Rifle Association (NRA), the nation’s most well-known gun advocacy group in country, to Rhode Island?

The answer: Not much.

Since 2002, the NRA’s Political Victory Fund PAC has spent just under $90,000 on campaign contributions and other political expenditures. GoLocalProv breaks down who has received the most money.

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5) Robert Watson

Party: Republican

Amount Received: $2,000

The former House Minority Leader picked up $2,000 from the NRA between 2007 and 2011.

Watson announced his retirement following the 2012 legislative session.

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5) Joseph Montalbano

Party: Democrat

Amount Received: $2,000

The former Senate President received $1,000 contributions from the NRA in 2007 and 2008.

In 2008, Montalbano was stunned by Independent Senator Ed O’Neill after being forced to pay $12,000 ethics fine. He is now a District Court magistrate.

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4) Gordon Fox

Party: Democrat

Amount Received: $2,700

The House Speaker received $2,700 between 2009 and 2012.

Despite a race that turned ugly, Fox easily won re-election in November.

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3) William Murphy

Party: Democrat

Amount Received: $3,000

The former House Speaker received three $1,000 max-out contributions from the NRA between 2007 and 2009. Murphy did not seek re-election in 2010 and handed off the Speakership to Fox, who was previously the House Majority Leader.

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2) Michael McCaffrey

Party: Democrat

Amount Received: $3,750

The Senate Judiciary chairman is known as a strong fundraiser and the NRA has played a small role in helping build that war chest with $3,750 in contributions between 2007 and 2011. McCaffrey is widely viewed as a favorite to eventually succeed M. Teresa Paiva Weed as Senate President.

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1) M. Teresa Paiva Weed

Party: Democrat

Amount Received: $4,900

The Senate President has picked up close to $5,000 in donations from the NRA since 2007, including four consecutive years of $1,000 max-out contributions between 2009 and 2012.


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frank bentley

what a lineup!!
only non-dangerous one is Watson..too high to aim or load

Art West

So, will these folks return the NRA money?

David Beagle

Be a cold day in hell before a Rhode Island democrat returns money unless pushed up against the wall.

michael riley

special interest money = democrats

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