WASHINGTON, D. C. – An anti-gun violence group funded by more than $50 million from former New York city mayor Michael Bloomberg is targeting Rep. Dave Joyce with roughly $5,000 in digital ads.
Independent expenditure reports compiled by the Sunlight Foundation show “Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund” has paid for digital ads and development of a website to oppose Joyce, a freshman GOP congressman from Russell Township.
The gun violence prevention group combines Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns with a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America that was founded after 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The pro-gun National Rifle Association has been campaigning on Joyce’s behalf.
The Everytown group maintains the “A” rating that Joyce has secured from the NRA means that he supports access to guns by felons, terrorists, and domestic abusers. The organization began a campaign last week to share that view with constituents of nine GOP Congress members with As from the NRA, including Joyce, said spokeswoman Erika Soto Lamb.