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Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:51 AM


NRA Shows Its Support for Donald Trump With Big Ad Spending [View all]

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump, who has seen the Republican establishment’s support for his presidential candidacy deteriorate in recent weeks, has found a stalwart in one conservative institution: the National Rifle Association.

The group has spent more than $26.8 million on ads promoting Mr. Trump and attacking Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. That’s more than twice what it spent at this point in the 2012 election and more than any other outside group backing the GOP ticket in 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records. The next biggest spending pro-Trump group, Rebuilding America Now, has spent less than $17 million on advertising.

“No other outside group committed the necessary resources to defeat Hillary Clinton so the NRA had to fill the holes,” said Jennifer Baker, spokeswoman for the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action.

The pro-gun-rights group endorsed Mr. Trump earlier than it had with any other presidential candidate—a fact he mentions frequently on the campaign trail. And the GOP convention speech by Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s political and lobbying arm, was the group’s first appearance at a national party convention.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/nra-shows-its-support-for-donald-trump-with-big-ad-spending-1477431363

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