In a 10-day period, more than 200 candidates and lawmakers signed the #NoNRAMoney Pledge, vowing to refuse funding from the National Rifle Association.
As of March 6, the Wisconsin candidates who signed the pledge included:
• Mandela Barnes for lieutenant governor.
• Rebecca Dallet for state supreme court.
Julie Gordon, a Winnebago County supervisor, also signed.
About a dozen candidates for governor signed, among them every Democrat running for governor in Florida.
Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi also joined the pledge and urged colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress to join her.
"Democrats and Republicans need to reject money from the NRA, period,” said David Hogg, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas student and organizer of the #NeverAgain movement. “They are either with the NRA or they're with the people on the receiving end of the kind of violence we faced in our hallways."
Other early signers of the pledge include Florida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, whose district is in Orlando, where 49 people were killed in an attack at the Pulse LGBT nightclub.
Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse shooting in 2016 said, “The NoNRAMoney campaign will only continue to grow and gain momentum in this critical midterm election year. We survivors are watching our lawmakers. We are demanding our candidates take a stand and we are organizing to end the NRA stranglehold that has warped gun policy in America for too long.”
Sixteen signers are from Colorado, where the mass shooting at Columbine High School focused national attention on this issue in 1999.
For a full listing of those who have taken the pledge go here.
For a listing of lawmakers who take NRA money go here. Paul Ryan is at the top of the list in the House.
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