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Drive To Get Assault Weapons Ban On Florida Ballot Raises Big Money From Handful Of Wealthy Donors

Ryan Gillespie
Gail Schwartz, chairwoman of of Ban Assault Weapons Now, turns in about 700 petitions on June 10, 2019, as part of the effort to get an assault weapons ban on the 2020 Florida ballot.

A baker’s dozen of big-money contributors, including a couple of billionaires, have provided extensive financial support for the effort to get a proposed assault-weapons ban on the Florida election ballot in 2020.

The contributions from the 13 donors who gave $10,000 or more amount to more than half the $1 million raised by the group Ban Assault Weapons Now, a review of campaign finance filings by the South Florida Sun Sentinel found.

Small-dollar donations also have poured into the political committee, often in response to heart-rending fundraising solicitations from family members of people who were killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.