Which Georgia lawmaker benefited most from gun groups? The answer may surprise you

FILE -- In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif. While the guns look similar, the bottom version is illegal in California because of its quick reload capabilities. Omar Mateen used an AR-15 that he purchased legally when he killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub over the weekend President Barack Obama and other gun control advocates have repeatedly called for reinstating a federal ban on semi-automatic assault weapons that expired in 2004, but have been thwarted by Republicans in Congress. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)
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FILE -- In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif. While the guns look similar, the bottom version is illegal in California because of its quick reload capabilities. Omar Mateen used an AR-15 that he purchased legally when he killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub over the weekend President Barack Obama and other gun control advocates have repeatedly called for reinstating a federal ban on semi-automatic assault weapons that expired in 2004, but have been thwarted by Republicans in Congress. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)
FILE -- In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif. While the guns look similar, the bottom version is illegal in California because of its quick reload capabilities. Omar Mateen used an AR-15 that he purchased legally when he killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub over the weekend President Barack Obama and other gun control advocates have repeatedly called for reinstating a federal ban on semi-automatic assault weapons that expired in 2004, but have been thwarted by Republicans in Congress. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

Three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

The Senate’s vote to turn back a quartet of gun control measures yesterday afternoon, a week after the June 12 massacre left 49 dead, has brought renewed attention to the groups that advocate on both sides of the firearms debate.

We analyzed that money that’s flowed into Georgia from both gun rights and gun control groups since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. Perhaps unsurprisingly, gun rights groups dominated the money race, and the grand total they’ve spent backing their political allies and opposing their foes may be higher than you think. 

But even more interesting is which Georgia lawmakers have received the most money and attention from gun rights groups over the years.

Democrat Michelle Nunn earned the distinction of being at the opposing end of more than $1.65 million worth of attack ads and other independent expenditures from gun groups such as the NRA during her Senate bid in 2014, according to our analysis. But the lawmaker who saw the most direct money of support from firearms advocacy groups is probably not who you think: a Democrat.

Find out who that was here.


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