President Trump and Florida Republicans must return the money or be seen as complicit in supporting Russian agents interfering with US Democratic elections.
Tallahassee, Fl. –– In a detailed report presented by Senator Ron Wyden and the Senate Finance Committee, the National Rifle Association acted as a foreign asset of Russia during the 2016 election.
In light of this information, the Florida Democratic Party calls on President Donald Trump and Florida’s elected officials to give all donations connected to the NRA to charity.
Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, released the following statement:
“The NRA has stood for the corrupted interests of the weapons industry for some time, but now the organization is serving as a foreign asset to Russians who want to interfere in our free and open elections. If the President and Florida Republicans do not want to be seen as complicit in attempts by the Russian government to destroy our democracy they have a duty to return or donate the money and remove the NRA’s tainted influence from our government.”
Here is a list of current and former elected officials that received NRA funds in the 2016, 2018, and 2020 election cycles. Data from Open Secrets:
Note: Marco Rubio received $9,900 in 2016 and returned $9,900 in 2018. Rep. Daniel Webster and Rep. Francis Rooney each received $1,000 in 2016 and returned it in 2018.
A note on Open Secrets numbers: “The organization itself did not donate, rather the money came from the organization’s PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate family members. Organizations themselves cannot contribute to candidates and party committees. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.”