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Influence profile: NRA spokesman Asa Hutchinson

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Asa HutchinsonAsa Hutchinson, the former Republican congressman who will be the face of the National Rifle Association's response to last week's schoolhouse massacre, received more than $30,000 in contributions from the gun lobby during more than a decade of running for state and federal office, data downloaded from Sunlight's Influence Explorer shows.

The largest single donation, $4,950, came in February, 1997, just after Hutchinson entered the House. He served three terms before resigning in 2001 to become director of the Drug Enforcement Agency under then-President George W. Bush. Later, Hutchinson became a top-ranking official in the ...

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Sweet Deal for Asa Hutchinson

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Dennis Hastert is not the only government official running into trouble with less-than-revealing personal financial disclosure reports – though don’t miss Bill Allison’s report if you haven’t already seen it. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported last week that former Congressman and Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson – running these days for Governor of Arkansas – has come under fire for failing to report a million-dollar investment windfall.

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