(NPR) Al Hoffman Jr. was once a major figure in the Republican Party. He served as finance chair for the Republican National Committee and both George W. Bush presidential campaigns. In those roles, he was in charge of raising money to support the party's priorities. Now he's a private citizen and a major Republican donor. And he has decided to break with his party over guns.
Hoffman has said he will no longer donate to candidates who don't support what he calls sensible gun legislation. He told me - as a veteran and West Point grad, he knows the damage that assault-style weapons can do.