Every Member of Congress Who Took Money From the NRA and Tweeted 'Thoughts and Prayers' to Parkland

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On Wednesday, 17 people—the vast majority of them children—were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, was apprehended by police late Wednesday, leaving America to grapple with yet another horrific act of gun violence.

In the wake of this latest mass murder, lawmakers have once again resorted to the now-cliché gesture of offering “thoughts and prayers” for the victims of the Parkland shooting, while stopping conspicuously short of actually acting on their laughably hollow sentiment. And once again, those lawmakers are the very same people who have gladly pocketed dollar after blood-soaked dollar from the National Rifle Association.

Here are all the lawmakers who have tweeted “thoughts and prayers” with one hand while eagerly cashing NRA checks with the other. Keep in mind that the totals below, provided by the campaign contribution tracking site OpenSecrets.org, represent just the money given directly to that legislator in their most recent campaign. Like most massive special interest groups, the NRA is able to influence politicians well beyond direct donations. For instance, beyond the amounts listed below, Open Secrets reported that the NRA flooded the 2016 election cycle with over $50 million dollars worth of spending in races around the country. Most of that money was spent on ads for or against various candidates.

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Senate:

Marco Rubio (R-FL) - $9,900

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - $9,900

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Rob Portman (R-OH) - $9,900

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Joni Ernst (R-IA) - $9,900

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Thom Tillis (R-NC) - $9,900

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Dean Heller (R-NV) - $9,900

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Jim Inhofe (R-OK) - $9,450

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John Hoeven (R-ND) - $8,450

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Steve Daines (R-MT) - $7,700

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Ron Johnson (R-WI) - $7,450

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John Boozman (R-AR) - $5,950

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Todd Young (R-IN) - $5,950

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Mike Rounds (R-SD) - $5,450

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James Lankford (R-OK) - $5,000

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Bill Cassidy (R-LA) - $4,950

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Richard Shelby (R-AL) - $4,950

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David Perdue (R-GA) - $4,950

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Tim Scott (R-SC) - $4,500

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Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) - $2,500

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Ted Cruz (R-TX) - $350

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John McCain (R-AZ) - $300

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House

Barbara Comstock (R-VA) - $10,400

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Mike Coffman (R-CO) - $9,900

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Will Hurt (R-TX) - $9,900

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John Katko (R-NY) - $9,900

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Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) -$9,900

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Lee Zeldin (R-NY) - $9,900

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Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) - $7,450

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Martha McSally (R-AZ) - $6,500

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Bill Schuster (R-PA) - $5,950

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Richard Hudson (R-NC) - $4,950

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Steve Scalise (R-LA) - $4,950

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Lamar Smith (R-TX) - $4,950

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Ken Calvert (R-CA) - $4,500

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Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) - $4,000

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Robert Aderholt (R-AL) - $3,500

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Michael McCaul (R-TX) - $3,500

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Darin LaHood (R-IL) - $3,000

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Erik Paulson (R-MN) - $3,000

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Tom Reed (R-NY) - $3,000

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Diane Black (R-TN) - $2,500

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Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) - $2,500

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Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) - $2,500

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Rodney Davis (R-IL) $2,500

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John Ratcliff (R-TX) - $2,500

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) - $2,500

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Pete Sessions (R-TX) - $2,500

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Roger Williams (R-TX) - $2,500

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Mike Bishop (R-MI) - $2,000

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Bradley Byrne (R-AL) - $2,000

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Buddy Carter (R-GA) - $2,000

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Chris Collins (R-NY) - $2,000

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Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) - $2,000

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Sean Duffy (R-WI) - $2,000

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Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) - $2,000

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Tim Walz (D-MN) - $2,000

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Bob Gibbs (R-OH) - $2,000

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Paul Gossar (R-AZ) - $2,000

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Sam Graves (R-MO) - $2,000

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Glenn Grothman (R-WI) $2,000

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Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) - $2,000

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Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) - $2,000

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French Hill (R-AR) - $2,000

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Bill Huizenga (R-MI) - $2,000

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Darrell Issa (R-CA) - $2,000

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Bill Johnson (R-OH) - $2,000

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Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) - $2,000

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Doug Lamborn (R-CO) - $2,000

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Luke Messer (R-IN) - $2,000

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Kristi Noem (R-SD) - $2,000

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Scott Perry (R-PA) - $2,000

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Robert Pittenger (R-NC) - $2,000

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Ted Poe (R-TX) - $2,000

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Tom Rice (R-SC) - $2,000

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Martha Roby (R-AL) - $2,000

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Mike Rogers (R-AL) - $2,000

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Todd Rokita (R-IN) - $2,000

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Peter Roskam (R-IL) - $2,000

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Dennis Ross (R-FL) - $2,000

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Austin Scott (R-GA) - $2,000

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Jason Smith (R-MO) - $2,000

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Elise Stefanik (R-NY) - $2,000

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Steve Stivers (R-OH) - $2,000

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Mark Walker (R-NC) - $2,000

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Jackie Walorski (R-IN) - $2,000

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Mimi Walters (R-CA) - $2,000

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Joe Wilson (R-SC) - $2,000

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Rob Wittman (R-VA) - $2,000

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Steven Palazzo (R-MS) - $1,750

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Mike Kelly (R-PA) - $1,500

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Steve Womack (R-AR) - $1,500

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Ralph Abraham (R-LA) - $1,000

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Lou Barlettea (R-PA) - $1,000

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Susan Brooks (R-IN) - $1,000

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Warren Davidson (R-OH) - $1,000

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Ron DeSantis (R-FL) - $1,000

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Louie Gohmert (R-TX) - $1,000

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Kenny Marchant (R-TX) - $1,000

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Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) - $1,000

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David McKinley (R-WV) - $1,000

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Dave Reichert (R-WA) - $1,000

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Tom Rooney (R-FL) - $1,000

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Randy Weber (R-TX) - $1,000

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Daniel Webster (R-FL) - $1,000

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