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According to disclosure reports filed with the Secretary of State’s office, for the first quarter of 2015 a pair of gun control groups spent $129,346 lobbying in favor of increased regulation while a pair of gun rights groups spent just $27,071 .
Two groups that pushed hard for expanding background checks to include most private transfers, Everytown for Gun Safety and Gun Sense Vermont saw the bill they championed, S.31, scrapped and a watered down substitute sent to Gov. Peter Shumlin in a much reduced form – without mandating an increase in checks.
For this, the groups spent $77,567 and $51,779 respectively according to lobbyist disclosure forms mandated to be filed by last week. By far the biggest portion of the Bloomberg group’s cash, some $65,818, was spent on advertising. The bulk of the remainder was spent on registered lobbyists.
Opposing the measure were two gun rights groups who ponied up funds for a much smaller war chest, yet saw better results. The National Rifle Association reported spending $12,071 in lobbying funds while the NRA’s state affiliate, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs spent <a class="colorbox" href="http://apicdn.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=a60aefec714c5de5b655fb364fa5345d&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fgunsnfreedom.com%2Ffeed&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.guns.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F04%2Fvfsc.pdf" …read more