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NRA's effectiveness undisputed: Weighed in heavily on state's senate race

Weighed in heavily on state's senate race

10:58 PM, Mar. 6, 2013
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The National Rifle Association doled out nearly $11,000 in campaign contributions to former Gov. Tommy Thompson for his unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate race. That was the third highest donation from the powerful gun-rights organization to any one candidate.

But the NRA wasn't done with that campaign. The group spent an additional $598,764 either in support of Thompson, a Republican, or against Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, who won the seat vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl's retirement.

The Baldwin-Thompson race was one of nine Senate contests on which the NRA spent more than $100,000. Only three of ...

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