The National Rifle Association says it’s “very committed” to defeating a background check measure on Washington’s November ballot.
But the gun rights group says it has no plans to compete financially with the campaign in favor of Initiative 594.
So far, the NRA has reported raising and spending only about $200,000 to defeat I-594. Compare that to the more than $7 million raised by the “yes” side.
NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said much of what her organization is doing is not the kind of spending that shows up in campaign finance reports.
“What we’re really focused on is our grassroots effort,” she explained. “We also send communications to our members in Washington state and that kind of spending wouldn’t be reflected in what you’re seeing either.”
Mortensen actually estimated the NRA has spent nearly twice what’s been reported to Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission. That includes funding two fulltime staff members on the ground.
As for whether the NRA will fund No on I-594 TV ads, Mortensen put that in the “wait and see” category.
There is a competing gun rights measure on Washington’s ballot. But the NRA has taken a neutral stance on Initiative 591.