Politi­cians deep in thrall to NRA

The Palm Beach Post - - OPINION: THE DEBATE STARTS HERE -

I had a dif­fi­cult time un­der­stand­ing why any clear-think­ing politi­cian would vote against log­i­cal things like ban­ning as­sault weapons or re­quir­ing back­ground checks un­til I came to re­al­ize that the No. 1 ob­jec­tive of our politi­cians is to get re-elected. This re­quires fundrais­ing for cam­paigns and also sup­port from na­tional groups like the NRA.

If your ma­jor donor tells you how to vote, you re­al­ize that with­out their sup­port you might lose the next elec­tion — and the pro­tec­tion of your con­stituents comes in a poor sec­ond pri­or­ity.

I would like to see re­search as to how much the NRA con­trib­utes to var­i­ous politi­cians and ex­pose them for their al­le­giance to their donors at the ex­pense of their con­stituents.

IR­WIN SCHREIBER, BOYN­TON BEACH Edi­tor’s note: Post re­porter Wayne Wash­ing­ton’s Feb. 16 ar­ti­cle has in­for­ma­tion on the Florida con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion’s con­tri­bu­tions from the NRA. See it at http:// bit.ly/2Iq­plia

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