Report shows growth of Buckeye Firearms Association
By Jim Irvine
Thanks to your generous support and involvement, Buckeye Firearms Association continues to grow in dollars, in people, and (as a result) in influence. Money and people equals power in politics – and you have contributed greatly this year, even in such harsh economic times. Your all-volunteer leaders at Buckeye Firearms Association continued to be humbled by the trust you put in us and motivated to keep up with your rising expectations.
The most anti-gun Presidential in our nation's history has demanded that we become more involved in Federal issues. Thanks to your support, we have been able to step up in an area where we used to be non-existent. This change is not a replacement for our involvement in Ohio; in fact we have continued to strengthen our leadership role on our home front.
For the first time in recent history we saw the Ohio legislature pass positive reforms for us before the first summer recess. Your voices are being heard by your legislature, and even those who are not "pro-gun" are at least gaining an understanding for why firearms rights are important to all of Ohio.
This coming election year is shaping up to be the most expensive in our history. There are some strong anti-freedom candidates from both parties that want to use their power to deny you your rights. It is our job to stop them. If we can stop them in the primary election, we guarantee they can't win in next November. But if they advance in the 2010 primary, we must be ready to redouble our efforts in the fall. With your continued support, we will stand united and we will be ready to meet any foe.
For the period ending June 30, 2009 (which includes activity since December 8, 2008) we reported income of $37,796.13 and expenses of $16,471.98, leaving us an available balance of $39,155.13.
Our source for income was: (in round numbers)
$2,340 in donations of $10 or less
$3,800 in $11-25 donations
$4,900 in $26-75 donations
$6,875 in donations of $100 or more
Over 60 people made multiple donations during the reporting period, many of them monthly. We are well-rounded in our source for income because gun owners are present in every segment of society.
Our biggest expense items were: (in round numbers)
$3,100 printing brochures and cards
$3100 donations to pro-gun candidates, groups and events
$1,200 for expenses associated with the Buckeye Blast (TDI event)
$1,100 for PayPal fees
$1,050 web site and hosting services
Note: There are thousands in expenses to be paid in association of the Grossman event that have not yet come due. These expenses will be paid in the current reporting period.
We are strong and getting stronger, but so are our enemies. We must continue to match their effort and effectiveness. They have strong allies in Obama administration and in local governments throughout Ohio and beyond who are assisted by their friends in the media. We have you, and the good people you helped elect.
The fight is never easy and will never end, but with your growing support, I am confident that we will be even more successful in the future than we have been in the past.
Jim Irvine is the Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman, and the host of Firearms Forum, Ohio's first talk radio show about guns and gun rights.