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Tue., April 23, 2013, 10:16 a.m.

Hunting Lobby Has Pull In D.C.

For all the talk about the National Rifle Association as the key player in defeating gun control proposals in the Senate last week, the hunting and wildlife lobby also played a significant role. Safari Club International touts itself as a lobbying leader on Capitol Hill for hunters’ rights and wildlife conservation. Between 2011 and 2012, the group gave nearly $400,000 to congressional candidates, including $2,000 to Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, and $1,000 to his counterpart, Sen. Mike Crapo. The Idaho pair was among 14 senators, and several Safari Club beneficiaries, who threatened a filibuster on gun control legislation pushed by President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats/Kip Hill, SR. More here.

Question: How would you describe the clout of the NRA and hunting lobby in Congress (in "Goldilocks & the Three Bears" terms -- too little, too much, just right)?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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