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Who funds the NRA?

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This may come as a surprise to you but it’s not just gunmakers that are funding America’s most powerful gun lobby

 

The organisations total revenue which includes membership fees totals more than $400 million dollars.

This money is mainly used for education and training programs, which helps the NRA recruit members and spread the pro-gun message.

But according to CNN, the NRA has a separate pool of money to influence policy and lawmakers.

CNN’s report says that this money comes from everyday Americans, and these contributions help keep pro-gun lawmakers in office.

Some of the funding also comes from big corporations, mostly from the gun industry which donate millions to the NRA

But the NRA is banned from using the money that comes from companies to campaign, this branch is called the political action committee.

And that’s why individual donations are crucial.

The NRA receives more than $100 million dollars from individual donors.

And data indicates that donations increase if the risk of losing the right to buy and own guns increases.

Most individual donations are less than $200 dollars.

According to federal law, the maximum that can be given to the NRA annually is $5,000 dollars.

But the NRA has proven to raise large sums with small donations.

And this has been seen as unusual for a special interest group.

The NRA also has a powerful lobbying arm, which is called the ‘nonprofit NRA Institute for Legislative Action’.

And through these efforts, it can both receive millions of dollars in donations from corporations and it can also donate directly to candidates.

Even though the group does not disclose where contributions come from, major gunmakers like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Company have announced large donations in the past

So where does the funding come from that powers the NRA and makes it one of the most powerful and politically influential groups is the USA.

For them, it’s the donations and support from Americans all over country.

But the fact is that there is also a lot of money that’s coming from large corporations.

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Balloon diplomacy blows China off course

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China claims an “airship” that is flying over the United States is for civilian meteorological and other scientific purposes and voiced regret that it strayed into U.S. airspace.

U.S. officials said on Thursday that a Chinese spy balloon has been flying over the United States for a couple of days, in what would be a brazen act just days ahead of a planned trip to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

In a statement late on Friday, China’s foreign ministry also said that it would continue to maintain communications with the United States to properly handle the unexpected situation.

“The airship is from China and is civilian in nature, used for meteorological and other scientific research. Due to the influence of westerly winds and its limited control capability, the airship deviated from its intended course,” it said.

“China regrets that the airship strayed into the United States by mistake due to force majeure. China will continue to maintain communication with the U.S. side to properly handle this accident,” it said.

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U.S. announces longer-range rocket for Ukraine

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A new rocket that would double Ukraine’s strike range in its war with Russia was included in a $2.175 billion U.S. military aid package.

The new weapon, the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), will allow Ukraine’s military to hit targets at twice the distance reachable by the rockets it now fires from the U.S.-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

The 151 km (94 mile) GLSDB will put all of Russia’s supply lines in eastern Ukraine within reach, as well as part of Russian-occupied Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

“As part of the USAI package, we will be providing Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb to Ukraine,” Brigadier General Patrick Ryder told a news briefing at the Pentagon. USAI stands for Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).

Friday’s aid pledge opens the door to many more deliveries of the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB).

When the new rockets arrive, it will mark the first time Ukraine has seen its rocket range grow exponentially since U.S. furnished HIMARS in late-June 2022.

HIMARS have a 77 km (48 mile) range and were instrumental in Ukraine’s counter offensive against Russian forces, which invaded on Feb. 24, 2022.

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Fans struggle to buy Beyonce concert tickets

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If you’re struggling to get Beyonce tickets, you’re not alone

 
O2 customers in the U.K. were reporting problems with the company’s app and website.

For those who were able to get through, they paid anywhere from £56-199.

For those who are super keen, there are V.I.P. packages with front row seats. But that’ll set you back £475.

Some fans took to social media to vent their frustrations over the ticketing fiasco.

It’s Queen B’s first solo tour in seven years, and will take her across Europe and North America.

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