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Investigation

Bang for the Buck

The National Rifle Association is one of the most powerful special interest groups in America. We’re investigating how it spends its money.

  • $24 million

    The sum spent on federal candidates during the 2020 election cycle by the NRA.

  • -34%

    The decline in NRA membership revenue in 2019, a seven-year low.

  • 10

    The number of investigations targeting the NRA and its executives.

Full Coverage

Lead Reporters

  • Will Van Sant

    Will Van Sant is a staff writer, covering the gun lobby for The Trace. Until 2019, he was an investigative reporter at Newsday.
  • Kevin T. Dugan

    Kevin T. Dugan is a freelance reporter covering the gun lobby for The Trace.
  • Mike Spies

    Mike Spies covered the NRA for The Trace from June 2015 to June 2019. He is now a reporter at ProPublica.