EVERYTHING I TOUCH DIES
We can all speculate about just how it was that the National Rifle Association was able to dump a massive $30 million toward Donald Trump's election, back in 2016, and the odds are good we'll someday be getting a good accounting of that, but the post-election period has been devastating for their finances. The NRA's income dropped $55 million last year.
The National Rifle Association of America reported $98 million in contributions in 2017, down from nearly $125 million in 2016, according to new tax records obtained by The Daily Beast. Nearly one-fifth of its contributions last year came from a single anonymous donor, who chipped in nearly $19 million to the group.
Total income dropped from $367 million to $312 million; membership dues to the organization dropped a bit over 20 percent. This may be related to all of the mass shootings of late and the public's increasing (accurate) perception of the NRA as a far-right fringe group organized more around militia-movement paranoia and conspiracy theories than responsible gun use. It turns out that being the group to reliably defend the rights of domestic terrorists and child murderers under the general banner of well our members need to be able to murder large numbers of people if they want to may not be the winning public campaign the NRA has long presumed it would be.
Anyhoo, thoughts and prayers, burn in hell, don’t let the door hit you and so on. It’s probably quite an emotional experience to lose both tens of millions of dollars of funding and a top Russian spy in the same year.