|Giffords’ “Americans for Responsible Solutions”
Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, registered their super PAC Americans for Responsible Solutions with the FEC on Jan. 8, 2013, the second anniverary of the Tucson, Ariz. shooting in which Giffords was shot in the head and six others were killed. The PAC released its first ad the day before Obama’s State of the Union address earlier this week. It features pictures of memorials set up after mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., Oak Creek, Wis., Newtown, Conn., and the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., over narration by Giffords. “Take it from me,” Giffords says, “Congress must act.”
Giffords and Kelly founded the group in the hopes of raising enough money to counter NRA advertising during the 2014 midterm elections. The PAC’s treasurer told Reuters that his goal is to raise about $16 to $20 million.