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Everytown to Spend $10 Million to Elect Gun Sense Candidates to State Legislatures


NEW YORK — Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund (“Everytown”) released the following memo from senior political advisor Charlie Kelly, announcing their plans to spend at least $10 million to elect gun sense majorities in state legislative chambers this fall. As part of that effort, Everytown will aim to flip state legislative chambers in Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and pick up key seats in Florida and Georgia. 

“A clear majority of Americans want common-sense laws to prevent gun violence, so we’re going to use gun safety as a lever to flip statehouses across the country this November,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “As we saw in Virginia’s state elections last year, voters are fed up with inaction on gun violence, and will hold NRA lawmakers accountable for putting gun industry profits ahead of public safety.”

Everytown will invest significantly in paid communications targeting legislative races, including cutting edge digital advertising, direct mail, and television. Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, Everytown’s grassroots network, will also leverage their more than two million supporters across these eight states to elect gun sense candidates, flipping key legislative chambers and giving gun safety allies a seat at the table during important redistricting fights. This announcement represents Everytown’s largest investment ever in competitive state legislative races. 

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Victory Fund will spend $60 million to elect gun sense candidates up and down the ballot in 2020, doubling what they spent in 2018. 

View a PDF version of the memo here.