Every Member of Congress Who Took Money From the NRA and Tweeted ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Parkland

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On Wednesday, 17 people—the vast majority of them children—were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, was apprehended by police late Wednesday, leaving America to grapple with yet another horrific act of gun violence.

In the wake of this latest mass murder, lawmakers have once again resorted to the now-cliché gesture of offering “thoughts and prayers” for the victims of the Parkland shooting, while stopping conspicuously short of actually acting on their laughably hollow sentiment. And once again, those lawmakers are the very same people who have gladly pocketed dollar after blood-soaked dollar from the National Rifle Association.

Here are all the lawmakers who have tweeted “thoughts and prayers” with one hand while eagerly cashing NRA checks with the other. Keep in mind that the totals below, provided by the campaign contribution tracking site OpenSecrets.org, represent just the money given directly to that legislator in their most recent campaign. Like most massive special interest groups, the NRA is able to influence politicians well beyond direct donations. For instance, beyond the amounts listed below, Open Secrets reported that the NRA flooded the 2016 election cycle with over $50 million dollars worth of spending in races around the country. Most of that money was spent on ads for or against various candidates.

Marco Rubio (R-FL) – $9,900

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – $9,900

Rob Portman (R-OH) – $9,900

Joni Ernst (R-IA) – $9,900

Thom Tillis (R-NC) – $9,900

Dean Heller (R-NV) – $9,900

Jim Inhofe (R-OK) – $9,450

John Hoeven (R-ND) – $8,450

Steve Daines (R-MT) – $7,700

Ron Johnson (R-WI) – $7,450

John Boozman (R-AR) – $5,950

Todd Young (R-IN) – $5,950

Mike Rounds (R-SD) – $5,450

James Lankford (R-OK) – $5,000

Bill Cassidy (R-LA) – $4,950

Richard Shelby (R-AL) – $4,950

David Perdue (R-GA) – $4,950

Tim Scott (R-SC) – $4,500

Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) – $2,500

Ted Cruz (R-TX) – $350

John McCain (R-AZ) – $300

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Barbara Comstock (R-VA) – $10,400

Mike Coffman (R-CO) – $9,900

Will Hurt (R-TX) – $9,900

John Katko (R-NY) – $9,900

Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) -$9,900

Lee Zeldin (R-NY) – $9,900

Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) – $7,450

Martha McSally (R-AZ) – $6,500

Bill Schuster (R-PA) – $5,950

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Richard Hudson (R-NC) – $4,950

Steve Scalise (R-LA) – $4,950

Lamar Smith (R-TX) – $4,950

Ken Calvert (R-CA) – $4,500

Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) – $4,000

Robert Aderholt (R-AL) – $3,500

Michael McCaul (R-TX) – $3,500

Darin LaHood (R-IL) – $3,000

Erik Paulson (R-MN) – $3,000

Tom Reed (R-NY) – $3,000

Diane Black (R-TN) – $2,500

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – $2,500

Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) – $2,500

Rodney Davis (R-IL) $2,500

John Ratcliff (R-TX) – $2,500

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – $2,500

Pete Sessions (R-TX) – $2,500

Roger Williams (R-TX) – $2,500

Mike Bishop (R-MI) – $2,000

Bradley Byrne (R-AL) – $2,000

Buddy Carter (R-GA) – $2,000

Chris Collins (R-NY) – $2,000

Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) – $2,000

Sean Duffy (R-WI) – $2,000

Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) – $2,000

Tim Walz (D-MN) – $2,000

Bob Gibbs (R-OH) – $2,000

Paul Gossar (R-AZ) – $2,000

Sam Graves (R-MO) – $2,000

Glenn Grothman (R-WI) $2,000

Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) – $2,000

Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) – $2,000

French Hill (R-AR) – $2,000

Bill Huizenga (R-MI) – $2,000

Darrell Issa (R-CA) – $2,000

Bill Johnson (R-OH) – $2,000

Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) – $2,000

Doug Lamborn (R-CO) – $2,000

Luke Messer (R-IN) – $2,000

Kristi Noem (R-SD) – $2,000

Scott Perry (R-PA) – $2,000

Robert Pittenger (R-NC) – $2,000

Ted Poe (R-TX) – $2,000

Tom Rice (R-SC) – $2,000

Martha Roby (R-AL) – $2,000

Mike Rogers (R-AL) – $2,000

Todd Rokita (R-IN) – $2,000

Peter Roskam (R-IL) – $2,000

Dennis Ross (R-FL) – $2,000

Austin Scott (R-GA) – $2,000

Jason Smith (R-MO) – $2,000

Elise Stefanik (R-NY) – $2,000

Steve Stivers (R-OH) – $2,000

Mark Walker (R-NC) – $2,000

Jackie Walorski (R-IN) – $2,000

Mimi Walters (R-CA) – $2,000

Joe Wilson (R-SC) – $2,000

Rob Wittman (R-VA) – $2,000

Steven Palazzo (R-MS) – $1,750

Mike Kelly (R-PA) – $1,500

Steve Womack (R-AR) – $1,500

Ralph Abraham (R-LA) – $1,000

Lou Barlettea (R-PA) – $1,000

Susan Brooks (R-IN) – $1,000

Warren Davidson (R-OH) – $1,000

Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – $1,000

Louie Gohmert (R-TX) – $1,000

Kenny Marchant (R-TX) – $1,000

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) – $1,000

David McKinley (R-WV) – $1,000

Dave Reichert (R-WA) – $1,000

Tom Rooney (R-FL) – $1,000

Randy Weber (R-TX) – $1,000

Daniel Webster (R-FL) – $1,000

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Rafi Schwartz

News reporter, Splinter. When in doubt he’ll have the soup.

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