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Saturday, December 15, 2012


Lame duck U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) is the leading recipient of campaign donations from the gun lobby according to a review of data published by OpenSecrets.org - a resource for reviewing federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis.

GoLocal reviewed both the 2010 and 2012 election cycles and found that Senator Brown raised for more gun lobby-related funds than any other member of the United States Senate.

In the 2010 election cycle his $23,000 plus gun lobby donations was second only to US Senator David Vitters' $25,953. And, in 2010 election cycle, Brown lead the U.S. Senate candidates with $30,275.

While GOP members dominated the top five list, the gun lobby directed more than $15,000 to U.S. Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Reid was in the top 10.

See the full list and the combined donations.

METHODOLOGY: The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more.

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#5 in the US Senate

US Senator Richard Burr, (R-NC) received $22,700 in the 2010 election cycle.  He did not seek re-election.

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#4 in the US Senate

Controversial U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) raised $25,953 in 2010 election cycle.

Vitter was linked to a widely publicized extra-maritial affair.

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#3 in the US Senate

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) was appointed to the Senate. He raised in the 2012 election cycle.

Heller was first appointed to the Senate after then-Senator John Ensign resigned.

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#2 in the US Senate

Republican star Senator John Thune finished number 2. The South Dakota Senator made national headlines when he beat then-Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

The Thune-Daschle race was one of the most bruising and expensive (especially for a small state) in political history.

Thune raised $38,040 in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.

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#1 in the US Senate

The Commonwealth's Scott Brownhas run in two of the highest profile races over the past two election cycles.

In the 2010 special election against Martha Coakley, Brown raised $23,020 from the gun lobby. 

In the record race against now, Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, Brown raised $30,275.

The two cycle total is $50,295.


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