Donation history shows overwhelming spending gap in Texas gun debate

Tara Cowan of Euless,Texas, stands by a busy road intersection holding a flag that reads "Come And Take It", as she and others with the group Open Carry Tarrant County demonstrate, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Haltom City, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tara Cowan of Euless,Texas, stands by a busy road intersection holding a flag that reads "Come And Take It", as she and others with the group Open Carry Tarrant County demonstrate, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Haltom City, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) –  When it comes to political contributions, the National Rifle Association and other groups have heavily outspent those on the other side of the gun debate in Texas.

Contributors that oppose gun control donated nearly $350,000 to candidates in Texas state races in the last decade, according to data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics. The National Rifle Association is the biggest donor, giving more than $180,000 during that time. The Texas State Rifle Association donated $160,000. Most of that money went to Republicans. However, some of it also went to Democrats, including more than $5,000 from the Texas State Rifle Association to the Texas Democratic Party.

Donors who want more regulations are largely outspent. In the last decade, they’ve spent less than $1,000, according to data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics. The biggest donation came last year when Everytown for Gun Safety donated $500 to the Texas Democratic Party.

The groups associated with the gun issue don’t donate near as much as some other organizations. Texans for Lawsuit Reform, for example, has donated more than $23 million since 2005.

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