Political Correction

UPDATE: NRA Contributions To Holder's Critics Grows To Over A Quarter-Million Dollars

November 02, 2011 12:27 pm ET - by Brian Powell

The Daily Caller's Matthew Boyle has expanded upon his groundbreaking article tallying and parroting  every Republican congressman who has called for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation in the wake of the ATF's failed gun trafficking operation, Fast and Furious. The list has now grown to 30 members of Congress.

Previously, Political Correction highlighted the correlation between congressional calls for Holder's resignation and the financial contributions those members of Congress have received from the National Rifle Association, an organization which has been gunning for Holder's downfall for months. Unsurprisingly, as the list of representatives attacking Holder grows, so does the amount of NRA money in their pockets.

Thirteen members of Congress have been added to Boyle's list since our original post, with the additions bringing the total amount of money this group of individuals has received from the NRA to over $255,000. Only four of the people calling for Holder's resignation have received no money from the NRA. These four — Rep. Steve Fincher (R-TN), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), and Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) — are all freshmen, who may be looking to make a name for themselves by taking aim at an attorney general who is unpopular on the right.

The updated numbers are below, based on a review of NRA donations listed at OpenSecrets.org:

NRA to Republicans UPDATED

The NRA has been attacking Holder in fundraising emails and in public comments by their executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, who first called for Holder's resignation in April. The organization has been obsessed with Operation Fast and Furious and is exploiting it in an attempt to raise money and undermine the credibility of Holder as well as the ATF, whose agents LaPierre described in 1995 as "jack-booted thugs" (he later apologized).

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