Giffords Gun Control Group Names Priorities Donor Treasurer

Americans for Responsible Solutions is looking to raise $20M for 2014

Gabby Giffords / AP
January 10, 2013

The fundraising for a new gun control group formed by Gabrielle Giffords and her husband will be led by a major donor to Priorities USA, the Obama-affiliated Super PAC.

The group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, has tapped Texas trial lawyer Steve Mostyn as its treasurer, Reuters reports. Mostyn, who made his fortune from a series of lawsuits against the state of Texas and its response to Hurricane Ike, donated $4.2 million to Democratic Super PACs in the 2012 cycle.

The group is looking to raise $20 million for the 2014 mid-term elections, Reuters reports:

A new gun control group led by Gabrielle Giffords, the former U.S. congresswoman wounded in a Tucson shooting rampage, wants to raise $20 million for the 2014 congressional elections, matching the National Rifle Association's spending in last November's elections, the group's treasurer said on Wednesday.

Giffords and her husband, former U.S. astronaut Mark Kelly, have turned to Houston trial lawyer and Democratic donor Steve Mostyn to act as treasurer. He gave $1 million of his own money to help kick start a campaign launched on Tuesday calling for what Giffords and Kelly describe as common-sense measures to curb gun violence. [...]

"We're just getting things started, but I've had conversations with a dozen other large political donors who have worked with me on other issues in the past, and I've had a good response," Mostyn told Reuters.