Murphy to raise money for pro-gun control Democrats
He calls the campaign “NR8.”
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., whose signature issue is gun control, will hold a 24-hour fundraising spree next week to boost the campaigns of eight Democrats who are challenging NRA-supported incumbents.
“My idea was to launch a one-day online fundraising campaign for eight Democratic candidates who are strong on gun violence reform and who are running to replace incumbents who are A-rated NRA members in seats or states that Hillary Clinton won,” said Murphy in a statement.
Clinton and a high-profile list of other Democrats, including eight U.S. Senators and four U.S. Representatives, will join Murphy in the effort to raise $1 million on Oct. 5. Organizations MoveOn, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords, Moms Demand Action, Pride Fund to End Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will also participate.
Together, they hope to raise the money in an effort Murphy says is unprecedented.
“It’s really important for us to show that we are coordinated and united, because the NRA is,” Murphy said. “Ultimately, we are trying to convince Republicans to vote with us because they fear the political consequences of voting with the gun lobby.”
The money will be used to back U.S. House candidates Colin Allred and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher of Texas, Jennifer Wexton of Virginia, Jason Crow of Colorado, Susan Wild of Pennsylvania and Josh Harder and Mike Levin of California. It will also go to Jacky Rosen, running for Senate in Nevada in one of the most watched races in the country.
The fundraiser is timed to fall days after the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting in which one man killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 when he open fired at a country music festival from his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said he will join the fundraising effort because, he said, too many Congressman are beholden to the NRA instead of their constituents.
“The major obstacle to commonsense gun violence reform measures — like background checks and a ban on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump-stocks — is very simply the vice-like grip of the NRA. The path to passing serious gun violence reform starts at the ballot box this November,” he said in a statement.
U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Brian Schatz of Hawaii will also help. So, too, will U.S. Reps. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Ted Deutch of Florida, Robin Kelly of Illinois and Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts.
Murphy has been a strong advocate on behalf of gun control efforts in part because the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, in which 20 elementary school children and teachers were fatally shot in Newtown, took place in his district when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In June 2016, Murphy made headlines for staging a nearly 15-hour long filibuster to try to push Congress to act on gun control legislation. Blumenthal also filibustered with Murphy for hours, as did 37 other Democratic senators.
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