The National Rifle Association ("NRA") is 'accused' of contributing (according to "Open Secrets") a LOT of money to "Private Interests".
All of this money, of course, is invested by the contributions and membership dues of the NRA. When people talk about money in politics, they often point to the money that a candidate receives from a special interest (regardless of the amount of that contribution) as evidence of undue influence. Nowhere is this more true than with the National Rifle Association. .... The NRA, according to OpenSecrets.org, has contributed about $593,000 in 2016, almost entirely to Republicans. And while contributions certainly tell part of the story, it is the NRA’s big campaign spending that makes up most of its influence: The group’s two political arms, the NRA Institute for Legal Action and the NRA Political Victory Fund, have spent $14.5 million opposing and supporting federal candidates, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission data by the Sunlight Foundation.(emphasis added)
Hmmm ... so people who support the Second Amendment of the United States Contribution are willing to contribute (in membership fees, and voluntary contributions), to defend your constitutional rights? And this is "A Bad Thing"?
Don't Americans have the right to give money to institutions which support their Constitution?
If so ... why should they be publically castigated. when more frivolous issues are supported with no comment at all?
Here is just a short list of charities which enjoy an annual contribution of $13,000,000 and up (and not all of these fundings are from private contributions):
You can get an "overview" here; note that most of the major participants are labor and educations unions. But there are some "outliers", such as ....
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
|TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES||$46,114,330|
WETA: "Washington's source for compelling television and inspiring classical music"
Net Assets: $136,239,734
Founded in 1961, WETA (The Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association) is the leading public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural, news and public affairs programs and services. WETA's mission is to produce and broadcast programs of intellectual integrity and cultural merit that recognize viewers' and listeners' intelligence, curiosity and interest in the world around them.
So we are willing to accept the societal expenditure of $46M to save puppies, and $136M for "compelling television and inspiring classical music", but we are unwilling to accept the societal expenditure of $14M to protect our constitutional rights?
Oh ... and that fourteen million dollars contributed to the NRA is privately donated ... voluntarily, by the participants.
But the puppy-fund and the television funds are ... you guessed it ... supported by your tax dollars. You don't get to choose; it's federal!
Don't you sometimes wish that you had the option of deciding which cause your tax dollars went to?
Wouldn't you rather contribute to the Society for Maintenance of Ethnic Russian/Siberian Huskies (SMERSH) than the Preservation of Urasian French Female Siberians (PUFFS)?
I'm telling you ... this society is going to the dogs!