U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes is the newest member of Connecticut's congressional delegation to receive campaign money from gun control advocates. Photo Credit: Wikimedia
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Gun Control Campaign Money Reigns In Connecticut

Federal candidates in Connecticut are among those benefiting nationwide from an increase in campaign spending by gun control advocates. The Nutmeg State has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation.

While the National Rifle Association spending has fallen by nearly 70 percent nationwide since the 2014 midterm elections, groups supporting gun control spent nearly $12 million on the last congressional campaigns, the most they have spent in an election cycle since at least 2010.

The NRA spent nearly $692,000 on Republican congressional candidates and less than $20,000 on Democrats running for Congress nationwide last year. Daily Voice was unable to identify any NRA money spent on Connecticut candidates in recent years.

The Giffords Political Action Committee, which supports gun control, gave campaign money to these four Connecticut candidates last year:

  • -- U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, $5,000
  • -- U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat who represents the state's 2nd Congressional District, $1,000
  • -- U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat represents the state's 5th Congressional District, $1,000
  • -- U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat who represents the state's 4th Congressional District, $1,000

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundations support a number of progressive causes, including gun control. Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund spent $3.8 million nationwide in 2018. 

Nationwide,  Bloomberg LP gave $565,280 to congressional candidates in 2018, and $26,100 to Republican candidates for Congress.

Here is a breakdown of contributions to Connecticut's U.S. Senate campaigns from gun control PACs associated with Bloomberg:

  • -- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, $10,100
  • -- U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, $2,240

Lobbying by various gun control groups also is up nationwide in recent years

So far in 2019, according to campaign finance reports, more than $1.2 million has been spent on lobbying. Giffords spent $240,000, March for Our Lives spent $120,000, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence spent $60,000 and Sandy Hook Promise spent $40,000. 

Last year, Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund spent $1.35 million on lobbying, Giffords spent $430,000, the Brady Center spent $119,212, Sandy Hook Promise spent $110,000 and March for Our Lives spent $30,000.