Power 100: Sheila Krumholz

Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics
The Center focuses on tracking money in U.S. politics, and its impact on the elections and public policy. Following the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting and the resulting debate on gun control legislation, for example, the Center was ready with up-to-date numbers showing how the gun lobby maintains its grip on law makers through campaign contributions, mainly to Republicans, but also to a few Democrats. In particular, the group called out Florida Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio for receiving more than $3.3 million in donations from the National Rifle Association. It also found that in 2017, the NRA and related groups poured more than $10 million into campaign coffers ($820,375 to GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell), compared to a fourth of that amount by the gun control lobby.

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