U.S. Reps Murphy, Kelly Accepted Contributions from NRA in 2012 House Campaigns
Open Secrets has published a list of recipients of National Rifle Association campaign contributions that also includes outgoing U.S. Reps. Mark Critz of Johnstown and Jason Altmire of McCandless, both Democrats.
U.S. Reps Tom Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair), Mark Critz (D-Johnstown), Jason Altmire (D-McCandless) and Mike Kelly (R-Butler) of Pennsylvania accepted thousands in 2012 campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The NRA doled out more than $750,000 in campaign contributions in 2012, according to the center, a research organization that tracks money in politics and how it affects elections and policies and shares the information on OpenSecrets.org. The center obtained its data from the Federal Election Commission.
Fifteen members of Congress from Pennsylvania accepted contributions from the NRA during their 2012 bids for office, according to the center's list. Three of the top five are from Western Pennsylvania, accepting a combined total of $11,000 in contributions.
Murphy topped the list, accepting a $5,000 contribution during his successful campaign to retain his seat in District 18. He defeated Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi, a Democrat.
Critz, the outgoing Democrat, is third on the center's list with a $3,500 contribution from the NRA. After serving one term in the House of Representatives, Critz lost his re-election bid in an aggressive race with Sewickley Republican Keith Rothfus for the seat in the newly formed District 12.
Fifth on the list is Altmire, with a $2,500 contribution. The three-term congressman lost his seat earlier this year in a primary race with Critz after a GOP-led redistricting effort reshaped their districts and forced them to run against each other. He has accepted a new position with Florida Blue, that state's Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurer.
Kelly, a Republican, is ninth on the center's list, with a $2,000 contribution. The Butler County car dealer, whose district includes Cranberry, defeated Democrat Missa Eaton and independent candidate Steven Porter to retain his seat in the 3rd District.