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.
5) Joseph Montalbano
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.
2) Michael McCaffrey
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.