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January 11, 2013

White House Seeks Foundation Support for Anti-Gun Effort

The White House has sought out the support of major foundations for its developing strategies to stem gun violence, Politico reports.

Grant makers involved in a conference call with Obama administration officials included the California Endowment, the McCormick Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. None of them have previously been involved in gun-control efforts, the report says.

“There’s only one reason why you get a bunch of deep-pocketed funders on the phone,” an unnamed participant in the conference call told Politico. “It’s not because they’re great dancers. It’s because at the end of the day you need to tap into them for something.”