NRA backs Cornyn and attacks Hegar with digital ads

by | Oct 23, 2020 | 2020 Elections, Politics

The newly formed super PAC of the National Rifle Association, NRA Victory Fund, has begun paying for digital ads supporting Sen. John Cornyn’s re-election.

Federal Election Commission filings show NRA Victory Fund has dumped $322,513 into digital advertising for the U.S. Senate race since September. Most of those independent expenditures are for digital ads opposing Hegar. On Monday, the group filed its first independent expenditure of $36,560 supporting Cornyn. 

Here is how the ads appear to viewers on Facebook:

In August, The Trace reported that NRA began funneling money from its membership organization PAC, NRA Political Victory Fund, to its newly formed super PAC NRA Victory Fund. Unlike the group’s original PAC that can only fundraise limited amounts from its members, the NRA’s new super PAC can accept unlimited contributions from individuals. 

The NRA’s original membership-based PAC has also been busy this cycle and has paid for $158,415 in direct mailers supporting Cornyn’s re-election. That puts the NRA’s monetary involvement into the race at just shy of half a million dollars. 

Conversely, major gun control PACs have yet to weigh into the Senate race. The Bloomberg-founded gun reform advocacy organization Everytown for Gun Safety has instead pumped big dollars into down-ballot races. 
FEC filings show Everytown’s campaign arm has invested more than $1.2 million dollars into opposing or supporting congressional campaigns in Texas. Most impressively, a $750,000 television ad buy made last Thursday to oppose Beth Van Duyne, the rightwing opponent of Democratic candidate Candace Valenzuela, whom the Signal profiled in August.

Photo: Loren Elliott/Getty Images

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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at fernando@texassignal.com

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