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The NRA Got Its Clock Cleaned On Election Day And Planned Parenthood Cleaned House

By Ian Millhiser  

"The NRA Got Its Clock Cleaned On Election Day And Planned Parenthood Cleaned House"

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The National Rifle Association spent much of President Obama’s first term touting increasingly paranoid claims that the United Nations is coming for everyone’s guns, and that President Obama’s non-existent record of new gun regulations is actually “a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country.” If last Tuesday’s election results are any sign, America was not buying what the NRA was selling.

According to data from the Sunlight Foundation, candidates supported by the NRA performed miserably this election cycle — just 0.81% of the NRA’s American Political Victory Fund’s spending backed winning candidates. In addition to about $9.3 million spent to elect Mitt Romney, the NRA’s top money-getter was Richard Mourdock — the Indiana U.S. Senate candidate who disqualified himself after suggesting that pregnancies resulting from rape are a “gift from God.” Other senate candidates who did not get elected despite the NRA’s best efforts include Ohio’s Josh Mandel, Virginia’s George Allen, Florida’s Connie Mack and Mourdock’s biologically challenged co-ideologue Todd Akin.

Meanwhile, the most successful groups evaluated by Sunlight were the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes, both of which spent about 98 percent of their money on successful candidates.

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