The National Rifle Association saw its income drop by $55 million in 2017, significantly down from a record-breaking 2016 in which contributions poured in from supporters terrified of what a Clinton nomination would mean for gun rights.
While the NRA reported $125 million in 2016, tax records acquired by The Daily Beast show that this number dropped down to $98 million the following year—Just 78% of what they’d previously made. If you discount the fact that one-fifth of this number came from a single anonymous donor who chipped in $19 million, the percentage stoops further down to 63%.
Furthermore, The Trace—a self-described “nonprofit newsroom dedicated to shining a light on America’s gun violence crisis”—has within the last 24 hours revealed that the NRA has been cutting both employees and their workplace benefits.
— The Trace (@teamtrace) November 28, 2018
This unemployment announcement was retweeted by gun rights activist and Parkland school shooting survivor, David Hogg:
The NRA is having to lay people off the young people will win. https://t.co/Tf1S3jI87c
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) November 28, 2018
He also noted the irony in one of the right’s favorite claims, which is calling all Democrats “billionaire elites” in an attempt to distance them from “regular” Americans.
Billionaire elites are literally funding the NRA, how ironic.
Nearly a fifth of its contributions last year came from a single anonymous donor, who chipped in nearly $19 million to the group https://t.co/AqwRQzkCNu
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) November 27, 2018
Many on Twitter offered their condolences:
Thoughts and prayers. https://t.co/JeaeAWFe2X
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) November 27, 2018
my thoughts and prayers worked! https://t.co/pf9DJSZ78W
— Viet Tran (@viethoaitran) November 27, 2018
— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) November 27, 2018
Thoughts and prayers. https://t.co/jB6z6IcHus
— Lisa Guerrero ?? (@4lisaguerrero) November 28, 2018
— Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) November 29, 2018
? it’s the most wonderful time of the year ? https://t.co/7J1GG1bHEZ
— carly (@ylrac) November 29, 2018
The young people will win! https://t.co/pupGfUq0AT
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) November 27, 2018
Christmas came early. https://t.co/jZTPMoY188
— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) November 27, 2018
Funny, some thought, how the NRA’s financial situation actually worsened under their champion, President Donald Trump.
— noroomfornegativity (@NoRoom4) November 28, 2018
I don't really care, do you? https://t.co/a9lr5Sxd9T
— John (@John_Papanier) November 29, 2018
As so many have already said, thoughts and prayers to the NRA. For every $55 million they lose, may they lose $55 million more.