“… “You know, the NRA doesn’t spend that much money,’’ said Bloomberg during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press’’ program yesterday. “If you want to beat the NRA you have to go out and get your message out, and it costs money to do that.’’ … Bloomberg has already contributed about $2.9 million to “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.’’ …”
This true. Relative to other special interests, the NRA doesn’t spend much money. Their power comes from the fact that the public agrees with them. I have a media brochure from ATI News and Zogby I picked up at the ’08 annual meeting which says that polls show 10-15% of voters consider themselves NRA members, not just people who listen to their message. That translates into 20-30 million voters think they’re NRA members. This is what Bloomberg and the other antis simply cannot understand.
As for the money, the last story I saw put Bloomberg’s net worth in excess of $16 billion. His $2.9 million to MAIG is pocket change. If he really thinks he can beat the NRA then let him put up $1 billion of his own money. He can afford it. Heck, I don’t think he’d even miss it.