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A major Republican donor will stop donating to the party unless gun control becomes priority


PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS 12) — A major Republican donor in North Palm Beach is giving his own political party an ultimatum. He says he’ll cut his donations if they don’t do something about gun control fast.

There are hundreds of millions of dollars on the line here.

Al Hoffman Junior donated to Governor Rick Scott, Representative Brian Mast, and other Republicans in the past.

He is also a major fundraiser for the Republican Party.

Hoffman says no one will get any more money until they stand for the ban of assault weapons.

“I’m at the end of the road. I don’t know what else to do. This may be my last hoorah but I’ve got to commit to the same standards and behavior and try to change and get this approved,” says Hoffman.

Hoffman says he can’t even sleep at night, knowing so many Americans are in danger of being the next mass shooting victim.

"That’s what I had nightmares about last night,” says Hoffman.

He says Republicans have been complacent on gun control laws for too long, and he wants no part in it any longer.

“I was terrified! And the more I thought about it the more I realized there was something I had to do,” says Hoffman.

So Friday he sent an email to top Republican leaders, saying he won’t write another check to any candidate that is against stricter gun control laws.

He’s calling on other donors to do the same, even if it means voting for another party.

“I want every Republican to withhold donations to any candidate running for office unless he approves of reasonable gun legislation,” says Hoffman.

Hoffman says a ban on assault weapons is necessary.

“They were designed to kill people,” says Hoffman.

Although some Republicans say it’s a people problem, not a gun problem, he says the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

“The fact is it’s both. It’s a people and gun problem. This situation in Parkland was entirely avoidable,” says Hoffman.

He says although he believes in the second amendment, change is needed now.

“It may not happen this year; it may not happen in four or five years. But I tell you what? It’s going to be my wedge issue for the rest of my life,” says Hoffman.

Hoffman sent the email to both Governor Scott and Representative Mast.

He says Mast is for reasonable gun control legislation, but he hasn’t received a response from Governor Scott yet.

He hasn’t decided if the gun control issue will stop him from endorsing Scott for Senate.

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