National Rifle Association

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National Rifle Association
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President:James W. Porter, II
Year created:1871
Website:Official website
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is a national political organization. It is one of the biggest guns rights groups in the country. "While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world."[1] The NRA is a tax-exempt organization which fights for 2nd Amendment rights and educates on gun safety.


The NRA was formed by Union veterans Gen. George Wingate and Col. William C. Church in 1871. Their primary goal was to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis." The first president of the NRA was Gen. Ambrose Burnside.[2]


The NRA is governed by a board of directors. The board selects a president and other leading members of the organization. The current president of the NRA is James W. Porter, II. He succeeded David Keene on May 6, 2013.[3]

2014 elections

As of December 2013, the NRA had spent $214,890 in the 2014 election cycle: $210,390 went to Republicans and $4,500 to Democrats.[4]

Idaho's 2nd District

See also: Idaho's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

The National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed incumbent Mike Simpson on March 17, 2014.[5]

2012 elections

The NRA spent $1,599,951 in campaign contributions in 2012: $1,023,237 to candidates, $411,509 to 527 committees, $104,505 to parties and $61,700 to leadership PACs.[6]


The NRA contributed $1,023,237 to candidates in the 2012 election cycle: $884,687 to Republican candidates and $126,650 to Democrats.[7]

Top 10 largest NRA candidate expenditures in 2012[7]
Candidate Party State Office Total Desired Result
Rick Berg Republican Party ND House $12,400
Tommy Thompson Republican Party WI Senate $12,400
Steve King Republican Party IA House $12,400
George Allen Republican Party VA Senate $12,400
Ted Cruz Republican Party TX Senate $12,400
John Barrow Democratic Party GA House $12,400
Dan Benishek Republican Party MI House $12,400
Francisco Canseco Republican Party TX House $12,400
Eric Cantor Republican Party VA House $12,400
Mike Coffman Republican Party CO House $12,400


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