On the heels of Wednesday’s tragic school shooting in Florida, the debate over gun control is starting up again.
It’s a contentious issue, and one that many feel is complicated by the heavy spending the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun lobby groups invest in political races. And the longer some politicians have been in business, the more money they’ve received from the groups.
In the 2016 election, the NRA spent $11,438,118 to support Donald Trump—and another $19,756,346 to oppose Hillary Clinton. That’s over $31 million spent on one presidential race.
Presidential candidates aren’t the only ones who benefit from the NRA’s largess, though. Here’s a look at the top career recipients of NRA funding, as calculated by the Center for Responsive Politics and the New York Times.
Top 5 Senators With the Most Contributions From the NRA
John McCain (R, AZ) – $7.74 million
Richard Burr (R, NC) – $6.99 million
Roy Blunt (R, MO) – $4.55 million
Thom Tillis (R, NC) – $4.42 million
Cory Gardner (R, CO) – $3.88 million
Top 5 Representatives With the Most Contributions From the NRA
French Hill (R, AR) – $1.09 million*
Ken Buck (R, CO) – $800,544
David Young (R, IA) – $707,662
Mike Simpson, (R, ID) – $385,731
Greg Gianforte (R, MT) – $344,630
*While the New York Times lists this figure, the Washington Post cites just $3,000 for Hill directly from the NRA, with the rest as “independent expenditures,” the term used to describe funds for (or against) a candidate but not made in cooperation, consultation, or concert with them.