Mark Kelly and his ARS vow to go head-to-head against the NRA in 2014

For someone who was once an astronaut, he’s really bad at math.

Former astronaut Mark Kelly started the anti-gun group Americans for Responsible Solutions ten months ago, when, while visiting China, he learned of the deaths of 21 children in Newtown, Conn.

It was almost two years after his wife — former Rep. Gabby Giffords — had been shot.

Ten months after Newtown, the group continues to grow and has raised over $11 million from 130,000 donors, Kelly told ABC News on Friday.

Now, Kelly, Giffords and their team want to turn those funds toward the 2014 midterm elections.

“We would like to spend in the 2014 elections what the NRA spent in 2012,” he said.

The National Rifle Association spent roughly $19 million during the 2012 election cycle, and Kelly said he was confident his group can match that.

“We’ve got the resources to be effective for the 2014 elections,” he said.


No Mark, you don’t.

You have money, but that’s frankly irrelevant. MAIG outspent the upstarts in the Colorado recall by more than 6-1, and still saw Morse and Giron thrown out of office. What the NRA does better than anyone else is represent not just it’s five million members, but tens of millions more voting gun owners.

Mark Kelly can talk all he wants. Until he has the votes, he’s going to have his ARS(e) handed to him at the polls time and again, and 2014 will bear that out.

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