The report “shows dues went from $128,209,303 in 2017 to $170,391,374 in 2018—an increase of $42,182,071, or 33 percent.”
It turns out the NRA gained ground in 2018 with membership dues and contributions.
I want to note that after a Google search, I only found Gutkowski’s report on the NRA.
Anyway, the rise in funds are not small either:
The report, which was handed out during the group’s latest annual meeting, shows dues went from $128,209,303 in 2017 to $170,391,374 in 2018—an increase of $42,182,071, or 33 percent. It also shows contributions rose from $132,879,299 in 2017 to $165,075,288 in 2018—an increase of $32,195,989 or 24 percent. The rise in dues came ahead of the NRA announcing it had reached 5.5 million members, a record number.
Overall, the NRA and its affiliates brought in $412,233,508 in 2018. That’s up from $378,122,489 in 2017. In total, the group’s revenue rose $34,111,019 or 9 percent. The numbers represent a clear resurgence of funding for the gun-rights group during 2018. Membership dues even topped those the group saw in 2016—$163,517,961.
The annual report represents a broad view of the NRA’s efforts since it includes the combined financials of the six different groups of varying tax classifications that represent the full breadth of what constitutes the NRA’s activism and education efforts. The report includes the National Rifle Association of America, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit membership organization, and the NRA Political Victory Fund, a Political Action Committee. It also includes the four 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups affiliated with the NRA—the NRA Special Contribution Fund, NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, NRA Freedom Action Foundation, and the NRA Foundation, Inc.
The report gives a more complete view of the organization’s health and activities than the reports compiled by the individual organizations that make up the NRA since the organizations lend money or pay bills to one another for various services. However, the report only gives a top-level view of the whole operation and does not break down revenues or expenses by organization where other reports like the National Rifle Association of America’s Form 990 or the NRA Political Victory Fund’s Form 3x provide more detailed disclosures.
When I saw Gutkowski’s headline, I immediately thought the 2018 elections and the upcoming 2020 elections have something to do with the NRA growth.
Gutkowski reached the same conclusions, especially since Democrats who ran and won in 2018 promised to put more restrictions on guns.
Despite bringing in more money, the NRA spent more in 2018 than it brought in. It spent $10,800,650, which is “up from the $1,104,581 the group ran in 2017.”
The NRA’s total expenses rose from $379,227,070 in 2017 to $423,034,158 in 2018—an increase of $43,807,088 or 11 percent. Administrative costs rose from $44,134,375 in 2017 to $69,144,170 in 2018—an increase of $25,009,795 or 56 percent. Legislative program expenses rose from $41,720,095 in 2017 to $57,231,471 in 2018—an increase of $15,511,376 or 37 percent. Fundraising costs went up by $14,777,728 or 26 percent in 2018.
A further breakdown of “administrative” costs provided in the report shows that new legal fees made up the bulk of the increase. Those administrative legal fees rose from $4,616,535 in 2017 to $21,911,953 in 2018—an increase of $17,295,418 or 374 percent. Legal fees also grew beyond the administrative category, according to the report. Overall, the group’s spending on “legal, audit and taxes” increased by from $12,931,621 in 2017 to $33,502,387 in 2018—an increase of $20,570,766 or 159 percent.
The lawsuits also caused the NRA to cut spending. A few of my friends lost their jobs, but the most significant area is one that the Democrats should support: safety, education, and training.
The NRA cut that section by 23%, from $42,599,871 to $32,716,000.
While many believe the NRA only exists to protect our 2nd Amendment rights, it also exists to push and promote gun safety. Of course, the Democrats do not care about that. They have an agenda to appease their supporters.
Unfortunately for them, it looks like the NRA will not end anytime soon.
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