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NRA Has Spent Millions on Senators Opposing Gun Regulations

The National Rifle Association has spent a total of $37 million in support of the 54 U.S. senators who voted last December against an amendment prohibiting those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms, according to an analysis of data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Of the 54 senators, all but one were Republicans - the exception being Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

The biggest recipients over their careers are Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., (at $7.7 million); Thom Tillis, R-N.C. ($4.4 million); and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., ($3.9 million)

And the NRA has spent a total of $27 million in support of the 50 senators - all Republicans, plus Heitkamp- who voted against an amendment last December requiring universal background checks for gun purchases (though McCain voted for the amendment).

That amount was first reported by Mic.