Miller slams Trone on donations to NRA-backed candidates

State. Del. Aruna Miller (D-Darnestown) on Friday blasted congressional opponent David Trone for donating “tens of thousands of dollars to top NRA-backed candidates across the country.”

In a press release shared with media on Friday afternoon, Miller campaign manager Sondra Milkie stated that “Trone has given tens of thousands of dollars to the NRA’s top candidates while our nation has suffered tragedy after tragedy.”

Miller’s press release accuses Trone of giving to “at least 18 candidates who have received the full support and backing of the National Rifle Association” and quotes past remarks of “signing checks to buy access.”

“Trone’s contributions have gone to some of the NRA’s most zealous advocates, many of whom have blocked meaningful gun safety measures while gun violence takes more lives. David Trone needs to come clean to Maryland voters and make clear what we should believe – his words or his actions,” Milkie went on.

Milkie did not return A Miner Detail’s phone message from Friday.

Trone’s campaign did not directly respond to Miller’s press release but did provide A Miner Detail the following statement when reached for comment on Friday:

“David has always been an outspoken opponent of the gun lobby and an advocate for common-sense gun safety laws. He is not taking any money from PACs or lobbyists, which means he will not be beholden to any special interest groups. He will continue running a campaign about the issues, and there is no issue more important than keeping our children safe.” – Alex Koren

Political insiders say that Trone, Miller and state Sen. Roger Manno (D-Silver Spring) are locked in a three-way battle to succeed outgoing Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

A Miner Detail reshares Miller’s press release.

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 23, 2018
Contact: Sondra Milkie, sondra@arunamiller.com920-819-3364

David Trone gives over $81,000 to Top NRA Candidates

ROCKVILLE, MD – David Trone, who is a Democrat running in the primary for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to top NRA-backed candidates across the country.

He has given to at least 18 candidates who have received the full support and backing of the National Rifle Association.[i] Trone, who has said he “sign[s] checks to buy access,” has donated over $81,000 to the NRA’s handpicked candidates, including Senator Thom Tillis who received over $4.4 million from the NRA as well as the organization’s A+ rating.

“David Trone has given tens of thousands of dollars to the NRA’s top candidates while our nation has suffered tragedy after tragedy. Trone’s contributions have gone to some of the NRA’s most zealous advocates, many of whom have blocked meaningful gun safety measures while gun violence takes more lives,” said Delegate Aruna Miller’s campaign manager Sondra Milkie. “David Trone needs to come clean to Maryland voters and make clear what we should believe – his words or his actions.”

Delegate Aruna Miller has been a longtime champion of gun law reform. She has supported legislation that would require fingerprinting of gun buyers, limit firearm purchases by the mentally ill, and ban assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Delegate Miller also sponsored legislation that would close a loophole in Maryland’s gun law after the tragic murder of one of her constituents.

“We have an obligation, as elected officials, to keep our citizens safe. I will always stand up for the safety of our children and families no matter to how much money the gun lobby wants to give to my opponents. It is the right thing to do,” said Delegate Miller. “I Join America’s high school students in calling on America’s politicians to stop taking money from the NRA and to stop giving money to its lackeys.”

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, on an average day, 96 Americans are killed with guns. In an average month, 50 women in the United States are shot to death by intimate partners.  There are nearly 13,000 gun homicides a year in the United States.[ii]

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[i] https://www.followthemoney.org/entity-details?eid=5631712

[ii] https://everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-by-the-numbers/