6/04/14 | by S.H. Blannelberry
The pro-gun control super PAC known as Americans for Responsible Solutions announced Tuesday some of the congressional candidates it will financially support this coming election season.
While the majority are Democratic incumbents, there are at least two Republicans on the roster.
“We need leaders who are ready to shatter the tired myth that you can’t be both pro-gun rights and pro-gun violence prevention,” Mark Kelly, who founded the PAC with his wife Gabby Giffords, a former Arizona Congresswoman, told Politico.
“Gabby and I continue to hope that our work will show that the candidates can support the Second Amendment while at the same time support responsible gun ownership policies,” Kelly continued.
The group has raised $14.5 million thus far and is on pace to hit its goal of $20 million, according to Politico. Kelly did not disclose how much money the group will drop on each candidate but to say that he hopes to offset the political contributions of the National Rifle Association.
“The NRA typically spends about $20 million an election cycle,” Kelly said. “We’ve had great success in the amount of money we’ve raised. … [T]his debate is not going to be out of balance anymore.”
The money ARS spends will largely go toward television ads, direct mail and digital communications, ARS senior advisor Pia Carusone explained.