On Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that it had obtained the NRA’s tax records which showed a $55 million decrease in revenue between 2016 and 2017.
According to the report:
‘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.’
This tremendous loss of funding could be attributed to a lot of factors, but it’s definitely worth noting that the NRA spent record sums in order to ensure that Donald Trump was elected. Since Trump took office, we’ve seen an unprecedented increase in gun violence, including the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 17 people, most of those children, were mowed down by a man carrying an assault-style weapon. As a result, Florida’s uber-conservative former Governor Rick Scott signed the first gun control law enacted by the state since the shooting occurred. Because of this new law, the NRA is now suing the State of Florida, which is just one more thing that probably isn’t helping their bottom line.
Now, the NRA’s media wing — NRATV — is being affected by this loss in revenue and is being forced to lay off employees.
Cameron Gray, a reporter and spokesperson for NRATV, announced the layoffs on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday, saying:
‘Some personal news: Just shy of my 10-year anniversary, me and several colleagues had their positions terminated this morning. So, if you have or know of any jobs available in the DC-area, or any that can be done remotely, please let me know.’
Twitter users responded exactly as you might expect. Here are some of our favorites:
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