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NYTimes maps NRA political contributions including $19,000 to Sen. Mitch McConnell, most to any member of Congress

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As we referenced Wednesday, the New York Times has another interactive graphic, this one mapping NRA contributions to members of the United States Congress for the latest election cycle.

We noted then the ultra-conservative Congressman Hal Rogers, whose Fifth Congressional District covers much of Eastern Kentucky, is the darling of the Gun Lobby.

The NRA donated $6,500 to Rogers’ latest campaign. Which was the third-largest NRA donation to any member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

(Speaker of the House John Boehner got the largest NRA donation made to a House member, $12,450.)

What we missed was, the NRA donated $19,000 to Sen. Mitch McConnell, Senate minority leader, the largest donation to any member of Congress.

Freshman Sen. Rand Paul, by comparison, got bupkis, reflective of his Senate seniority.

Campaign contributions are for the 2012 election cycle for members of the House, and the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Senate cycles, and include money from the N.R.A. “given to the candidate and to his/her affiliated leadership committee,” according to the fine print on the graphic.

“How the National Rifle Association Rates Lawmakers” includes an interesting graphic that uses NRA ratings to chart members of congress.

Our own Congressman John Yarmuth is the poster boy for the “F”-rated legislators deemed openly hostile to the NRA position that the Second Amendment prohibits any restrictions on firemarms.

The post notes Yarmuth’s speech Monday at Wayside Christian Mission, when he said he had been largely silent on gun violence, but was now “as sorry for that as I am for what happened to the families who lost so much in this most recent, but sadly not isolated, tragedy.”

According to the NYTimes graphic, 288 members of Congress are “A”-rated by the NRA as solidly pro-gun, with only 181 rated “D” or “F,” which doesn’t bode well for new gun-control legislation.

From the graphic:

The House has not considered gun control legislation since 2008, so some members have not had the opportunity to vote on the issue. But more than half of the members of the 113th Congress, which begins in January, have been given an “A” rating by the N.R.A., and a large number of those would have to support new legislation in order for it to pass.

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