WASHINGTON D.C., January 19, 2018 — The Brady Campaign issued the following statement on the FBI investigation into Russian campaign contributions to the NRA in the 2016 election:
"NRA members should be outraged if even a portion of this alarming story is true. The NRA tells its members that it defends America's freedoms. If the NRA is actually a front for Russian interests and interfered with our elections, actively or passively, then they have undermined the very democratic freedoms they purport to represent. We can only wonder how many true patriots will decide that this is the last straw and give up their NRA memberships," said Co-President Kris Brown.
Brady Co-President Avery Gardiner added, "Elections matter. Election laws matter. Revelations that the Russians may have made contributions through the NRA are deeply concerning and may violate multiple laws. Brady calls upon the NRA leadership to immediately disclose the identities of all contributors to its political activities. Until they do so, all candidates should have serious concerns about the ethics and legality of accepting NRA contributions."
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.