The National Rifle Association, Safari Club International and National Association for Gun Rights led firearms organizations and their political-action committees in giving a record $3 million in campaign contributions in the last election cycle, according to OpenSecrets.org data cited by Slate. “Half of that sum went to House races, and almost all of it went to Republican candidates,” Slate reports. The three organizations listed above together contributed $1.2 million of that $3 million.
So how much did our congressmen get from the gun lobby? The re-election campaign for Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, who represents most of the county in the 16th Congressional District, got $4,000, according to the data. Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, who represents a small portion of Lancaster County in the 7th Congressional District, didn’t get any money.