MoveOn.org launches NRA Pushback — in Ohio
Progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org plans to run a series of ads aimed at elected officials who are in the pocket of the NRA and thus likely to oppose sensible gun reform measures.
It's starting in Ohio this weekend.
The lucky target is Senator Rob Portman who was the beneficiary of over a half million dollars during his 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate.
But MoveOn.org is spending its money where it thinks it might make a difference.
In the weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Portman was one of only a few Republicans in Congress who said they would consider every option -- including a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines - in order to help reduce gun violence.
With the NRA's dramatically reduced success in 2012 as far as electing the candidates they poured money into and defeating those they spent money to defeat, maybe Portman actually will balance the concerns of Ohio's quarter million MoveOn.org members (as well as other Ohioans in favor of sane gun regulations) against those of the NRA, which increasingly appear as extreme and unhinged as the group's president, Wayne LaPierre.