All The Politicians Who Sent Prayers To Vegas Victims But Gladly Pocket NRA Money


Following Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas, politicians who support the National Rifle Association are now sending their "thoughts and prayers" to the victims. But gun control advocates think it's too little too late — and that actions speak much more loudly than words.

More than 500 people were injured and at least 58 killed in Sunday's attack during the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay Casino. It's currently the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and naturally, it's opened up the debate over gun control in America.

Among the politicians who've come forward to share "thoughts and prayers" is Rep. Mike Coffman, of Colorado's Sixth Congressional District. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Coffman received $9,900 from the NRA's political action committees during the 2016 election cycle. When the congressman tweeted that his "thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families of this horrific massacre in Las Vegas," DJ and drummer for The Roots Questlove was quick to call him out.

"$9,900 from NRA," he wrote, along with Coffman's tweet. Questlove did the same thing for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who also received $9,900, Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, who pocketed $10,400, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, who accepted $11,900, and a slew of other politicians whose campaigns were partially funded by the NRA, but who expressed remorse for the victims of the Las Vegas massacre.

A lot of people view their sympathy as hypocritical, since they've accepted support from a group that spends millions of dollars every year in order to keep gun restrictions to a minimum. The NRA also financially benefits from tragedies like Las Vegas, since the organization represents gun manufacturers whose sales increase after mass shootings because people fear gun control, Fast Company reported, and therefore stock up on firearms.

Below is a list of members of Congress who after accepting funds from the NRA, sent "thoughts and prayers" to Las Vegas victims in lieu of any concrete plan for reducing gun violence. All of the data comes from the Federal Election Commission and was organized by and Splinter News.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley: $9,900

Texas Congressman Will Hurd: $9,900

New York Congressman John Katko: $9,900

Maine Congressman Bruce Poliquin: $9,900

Ohio Senator Rob Portman: $9,900

Florida Senator Marco Rubio: $9,900

New York Congressman Lee Zeldin: $9,900

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven: $8,450

Iowa Congressman Rod Blum: $7,450

Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte: $7,450

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson: $7,450

Alaska Congressman Don Young: $6,950

Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally: $6,500

Arkansas Senator John Boozeman: $5,950

Texas Congressman John Culberson: $5,950

New York Congressman John Faso: $5,950

Wisconsin Congressman & Speaker Of The House Paul Ryan: $5,950

Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster: $5,950

Pennsylvania Congressman Lloyd Smucker: $5,950

New York Congresswoman Claudia Tenney: $5,950

Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole: $5,000

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford: $5,000

South Dakota Senator John Thune: $5,000

Nebraska Congressman Don Bacon: $4,950

Michigan Congressman Jack Bergman: $4,950

Screen grab - Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI)

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo: $4,950

Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher: $4,950

North Carolina Congressman Richard Hudson: $4,950

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy: $4,950

Florida Congressman Brian Mast: $4,950

Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin: $4,950

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise (A Victim Of A Mass Shooting): $4,950

Alabama Senator Richard Shelby: $4,950

Texas Congressman Lamar Smith: $4,950

Iowa Congressman David Young: $4,950

California Congressman Ken Calvert: $4,500

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski: $4,500

Texas Congressman Pete Olson: $4,500

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott: $4,500

Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent: $4,000

Georgia Congressman Barry Loudermilk: $4,000

North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry: $4,000

Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg: $4,000

Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt: $3,500

Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson: $3,500

Ohio Congressman Dave Joyce: $3,500

Minnesota Congressman Jason Lewis: $3,500

Texas Congressman Michael McCaul: $3,500

Virginia Congressman Scott Taylor: $3,500

Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton: $3,500

California Congressman David Valadao: $3,500

North Carolina Congressman Ted Budd: $3,000

Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot: $3,000

California Congressman Paul Cook: $3,000

Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar: $3,000

South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan: $3,000

Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson: $3,000

Georgia Congressman Tom Graves: $3,000

California Congressman Duncan Hunter: $3,000

West Virginia Congressman Evan Jenkins: $3,000

Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson: $3,000

California Congressman Steve Knight: $3,000

Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood: $3,000

Ohio Congressman Bob Latta: $3,000

Utah Congresswoman Mia Love: $3,000

Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse: $3,000

Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen: $3,000

New York Congressman Tom Reed: $3,000

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart: $3,000

Ohio Congressman Pat Tiberi: $3,000

Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski: $3,000

Ohio Congressman Brad Wenstrup: $3,000

Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black: $2,500

Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn: $2,500

Texas Congressman John Carter: $2,500

If anything, these responses to the Las Vegas shooting necessitate a call to action more than ever. If you are passionate about supporting gun control, there are lots of ways you can make your voice heard.