How do you arrive at that sum?
I looked up their accounting records. It was 199 million and something in revenue for 2007. Many give more than minimum dues and many donate a dollar or more when they check out at stores. Clubs have memberships, advertising in their magazines, etc. From what I could tell, this did not include ILA specific donations.
The clout comes from money. If everyone who joined the NRA joined GOA they would have the money to do it. I would say if you have to choose one choose GOA, I just did. Of course, joining both is probably better.
I guess i can take my Libertarian party and my GOA membership and move to the corner of the room.