Many have called for elected officials like Marco Rubio to stop accepting donations from the gun manufacturing industry—but even if they did, campaign contributions are only one small facet of the NRA’s power in Washington. Harvard congressional researcher James D’Angelo explains how the Gun Lobby really exerts influence on the US government with Abby Martin on The Empire Files.

Abby Martin is a journalist and presenter of The Empire Files, a weekly investigative news program on teleSUR English. She was formerly the host of Breaking the Set on RT America network, working from the Washington, D.C. bureau. Abby also is an artist and activist who founded the citizen journalism organization Media Roots. She serves on the board of directors for the Media Freedom Foundation which manages Project Censored. Abby appeared in the documentary film Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News (2013), and co-directed 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013). Follow her on twitter @AbbyMartin