Taking a page out of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s playbook, “Gun Sense Vermont” has tried to muscle their way into the Second Amendment debate in Montpelier with their checkbook. This group has mailed 91 campaign contribution checks to state legislative candidates. Oddly, the list of donation recipients appears to be fairly random, and a number of pro-gun candidates have contacted the NRA after refusing to cash their checks from this anti-gun group.
A lot of media attention has been focused on who “received” the checks, but it would be interesting to know more about who “sent” the checks. Which wealthy benefactor is bankrolling “Gun Sense Vermont” allowing them to fund these unsolicited political contributions?
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