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This morning, an excellent new website launched, providing fascinating information about the good folks making up the NRA board. One name jumped out at me -- former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore. The website, called "Who is on the NRA Board?", provides a great deal of helpful information, including highlights from Gilmore's illustrious career. That highlight reel includes, first and foremost, Gilmore's association with the "Free Congress Foundation," "a think tank that promotes the far-right's viewpoint in the 'Culture War.'"
What is the "Free Congress Foundation," you ask, and what are the "themes" it promotes, and that Jim Gilmore said he "want[ed] to continue?" The "Who is on the NRA Board" website has the answer. Here are a few examples:
Again, those are just a few of the (heinous, despicable, shameful) things the Free Congress Foundation - the organization that Jim Gilmore took the helm of in 2009 - has been involved with over the years. Has Jim Gilmore ever denounced any of this sordid organization's past? Not at all. In fact, to the contrary, Gilmore has praised the Free Congress Foundation for having "blazed the trail for many conservative themes," while vowing "to continue that leadership." Jim Gilmore: a fine addition to the NRA board, no doubt.
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