The Gun Violence Archive’s new "Congressional Reports" tool allows us to get the information we really need in order to thoughtfully analyze firearms in America.Continue reading
Beyond the NRA: The other pro-gun political spenders
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is the biggest and best-known of the gun rights groups, but there are other pro-gun players that are spending big money to influence U.S. politics.Continue reading
Influence Analytics: Is that honey with your apples up to standard?
Welcome to another edition of "Influence Analytics," a recurring series on trends in lobbying and regulations — on and off Capitol Hill — that Sunlight's Reporting Group spots using our data analysis tools.Continue reading
Private memo reveals winding tale involving John McCain, the NRA and … condors
On July 30, 2013, John McCain called the ATF to speak with Director B. Todd Jones. McCain wanted to talk about condors. What happened next is a labyrinthine adventure highlighting the sometimes bizarre nature of American politics.Continue reading
Big guns, big money and California
Though California has some of the nation's toughest gun control laws, gun rights groups have a big money footprint there.Continue reading
NRA increasing investment in Florida House race
So far, the NRA has invested more than $108,000 to help a Republican candidate win a hotly contested special election next month in Florida.Continue reading
Want to buy a machine gun without a background check? Federal law allows it — for now
Gun rights advocates are trying to keep the federal government from closing a loophole that allows purchasers of heavy weaponry to avoid background checks by transferring their guns to a legal trust.Continue reading
One year since Sandy Hook, has the NRA made any progress on its plans to curb gun violence?
After Sandy Hook, the NRA heaped blamed on violent video games and a failing mental health system, while proposing that schools arm more personnel. A Sunlight review finds little progress on any of the gun rights group's agenda.Continue reading
Follow the gun money with Sunlight tools
How we did this guns series, and how you can follow the money too using Sunlight's tools.Continue reading
Did guns beat money in Colorado recalls?
Pro-gun advocates appear to have defeated better-funded gun control supporters in this year's Colorado recall races, but loopholes in the reporting laws make it hard to determine exactly who spent how much.Continue reading