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Money Over People is a straightforward and accessible way for voters to see if their elected representatives might be making policy decisions related to gun control based on who they’ve taken money from.

Why we created this

We are appalled by the amount of money spent by the NRA on swaying political opinion by. After reading this article in the New York Times, which highlights the top recipients from the NRA, we decided to see if there was a way to make that information a little bit more engaging.

Frustrated by the inaction of our elected officials, we explored this data in a visual way to provide clear and easy access for voters about who has influence of their representatives’ decisions in Washington.

Students have a right to feel safe in their schools. We were moved by the action taken by young people across the country to push for common sense gun reform. But after the all too frequent mass shootings in the US, the gun control conversation pops up, only to be shutdown by many politicians. Money Over People highlights which politicians have received money from the NRA and may be making policy decisions based on those contributions.

What’s our goal?

The NRA continues to have an outsized impact on America’s efforts to make real progress on gun control legislation. The organization deploys hundreds of millions of dollars into elections, lobbying, and advertising to exert influence over our elected representatives, in hopes of furthering the gun lobby’s interests, and endangering the lives of millions of Americans.

It is important that voters know who their representatives are working for, and it’s even more important to remind those representatives who they are supposed to be working for at the voting booth in November.

We want people to register and commit to vote this November. Vote for people who represent your values.

What you can do next

Voting is the most important thing citizens can do to push for change through our government, but writing to your elected representatives is also an incredibly effective way to have your voice heard. Letters help legislators understand the view not only of you, the writer, but it also let's them know that your view is likely shared by many of their constituents who did not take the time to write in. Letters from you, the constituent can have a real impact on how legislators vote. Visit ACLU.org for tips on how to write an effective letter to your legislators, and a tool to find out how your member of congress is.

We've compiled a list of organizations doing important work for sensible gun reform. Please consider supporting their efforts with a donation:

Methodology

Donation amounts

Our donation totals rely on the reporting of the New York Times, and data from the Center for Responsive Politics team who created and continues to update this spreadsheet. These amounts account for direct contributions to a candidate, as well as outside money spent on behalf of candidates from the NRA's Political Action Committees, and directly from the NRA's 501(c)(4) social welfare arm, which does not have to disclose its donors to the public. Learn more about this reporting here.

Gun death totals

When calculating the number of gun deaths based on the length of a member of Congress, we tally the years the person has been in congress and match each year against the corresponding gun death data.

Our gun death data runs from 1968 through 2016. These numbers are all based on CDC data. For years 1968 - 1981, we don’t have reliable year-by-year data available, so we’re using a conservative average of 31,416 gun deaths per year. Our data and sources are listed below:

YearGun deaths per year
1968 - 198031,416 (average) source: CDC via Politifact
198134,050source: CDC
198232,957source: CDC
198331,099source: CDC
198431,331source: CDC
198531,566source: CDC
198633,373source: CDC
198732,895source: CDC
198833,989source: CDC
198934,776source: CDC
199037,155source: CDC
199138,317source: CDC
199237,776source: CDC
199339,595source: CDC
199438,505source: CDC
199535,957source: CDC
199634,040source: CDC
199732,436source: CDC
199830,708source: CDC
199928,874source: CDC
200028,663source: CDC
200129,573source: CDC
200230,242source: CDC
200330,136source: CDC
200429,569source: CDC
200530,694source: CDC
200630,896source: CDC
200731,224source: CDC
200831,593source: CDC
200931,347source: CDC
201031,672source: CDC
201132,351source: CDC
201233,563source: CDC
201333,636source: CDC
201433,599source: CDC
201536,247source: CDC
201638,658source: CDC

Who created this

Dave, Nick, and Kunal are a group of Americans who love their country, and want elected representatives to prioritize keeping people safe, instead of representing the interests of the gun lobby.