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The NRA, which also does not publicly disclose the details of its corporate contributions, is reported to have received donations from at least six oil and gas companies totaling $1.3 million to $5.6 million in 2012, according to CAP.
Its April report also says that the NRA shares an advertising firm with several energy clients and has hired Crossroads Strategies to lobby on its behalf.
The NRA did not respond to repeated requests for comment. SCI said some of its representatives were on safari in Africa and unable to be contacted. Those in Washington DC declined to comment for this report.
Matt Lee-Ashley, the author of the CAP document, says the revolving door of lobbyists between the gun groups and energy is constant and that the motivations for cooperation between the two industries “seem to be financial and political.”
“The oil and gas industry brings big money to the table to help NRA and SCI stop gun safety efforts, and, in return, industry gets a powerful ally to battle against protections for public lands and wildlife in energy-producing regions,” Lee-Ashley says in an interview.
“For the most part, this all happens out of view of the groups’ members, in an inside-the-Beltway game of political donations, revolving doors and back-scratching. Teddy Roosevelt would be rolling over right now if he knew that the NRA and SCI were helping the oil and gas industry roll back protections for the wildlife habitat he fought so hard to protect.”