A recent David Broder column talked about an amendment to the campaign-finance reform bill that would require unions to get written permission from their members to use their dues for political purposes. As a union steward, I welcome this bill.
Unfortunately, Mr. Broder plays fast and loose with the facts when he says that this bill would not affect the National Rifle Association. What he doesn't mention is why it wouldn't affect the NRA.
Unlike many unions, the NRA does not use one cent of its members' dues for political purposes. This money is used solely for the everyday finances of the organization. For all political activity, the NRA solicits donations to the Institute for Legislative Action or the Political Victory Fund. Thus, political contributions are voluntary.
Charles H. Tingley Buffalo