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Posted 12 March 2018 - 04:57 PM

If anybody is interested here's a good layout of all the groups they encompass and their varying charitable (or not) statuses.


The NRA is actually a bundle of organizations. The largest one, in terms of how much it spends, is the National Rifle Association of America. Originally formed in 1871, this NRA branch claims to have about 5 million members, although some investigative reporters question that assertion.

It has operated as a social welfare organization since 1944.

Like public charities, these groups, are exempt from taxation on the money they take in. Also known as 501©(4), based on language in the tax code, they differ from public charities in a few ways.

First, donors to social welfare organizations can’t deduct their gifts from their taxable income. Second, these organizations may support and oppose political candidates. Third, social welfare organizations can engage in unlimited lobbying, as long as that effort to sway lawmakers and policymakers is related to their core mission.


The NRA also runs a political action committee, the NRA Political Victory Fund, through which it backs electoral candidates.


The NRA also runs four affiliated charities: the NRA Foundation, Inc., the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, the NRA Freedom Action Foundation and the NRA Special Contribution Fund.

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