Call for investigation of NRA fraud, political misuse of donations

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington requested the Internal Revenue Service open an examination into the finances of the National Rifle Association after the group failed to disclose more than $33.5 million it spent on political activity over six years. CREW also called on the Federal Election Commission to audit the NRA’s campaign arm, the NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF), and its lobbying arm, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), after the group apparently violated federal election law by soliciting donations for the NRA-ILA that went instead to the NRA-PVF.

Between 2008 and 2013, the NRA-ILA, an internal division of the NRA, reported to the FEC and in annual financial statements that it spent more than $33.5 million on political activity. However, for each of those years, the NRA stated on its Form 990 tax return that it did not engage in any political activity at all, and the group did not once file a Schedule C disclosing its political expenditures. This failure to disclose political activity appears to violate federal law and, if it was intentional, could violate several criminal statutes. The NRA blamed the failure to disclose its political activity on a “clerical error” but did not express any intention to amend its Form 990 returns or file Schedule Cs…

The NRA-ILA reported to the FEC nearly $11 million in independent expenditures and member communications expressly advocating election or defeat of candidates for federal office between 2008 and 2013, and disclosed on annual financial statements prepared by an independent auditor spending more than $22.5 million on fundraising and administrative expenses for its political action committee, NRA-PVF, during the same period. All of these expenditures were for political activities that needed to be reported on the organization’s tax filings but were not.

CREW also called on the FEC to audit the NRA-PVF and NRA-ILA because it appears these groups may have solicited donations in violation of federal election law by failing to disclose to donors that their money would be used for political purposes. The NRA also appears to have violated federal election law by soliciting donations from the general public, which it is prohibited from doing as a member organization, and by failing to disclose the employer and/or occupation of its contributors.

It’s always heartwarming to witness rightwing nutball organizations like the NRA ignoring essential transparency requirements while they blather about conspiracies against their pet demento issues. Perish the thought they actually live up to anything approaching ethical standards -0 like any normal business entity.

They set the standard for corruption even higher than Congressional Republicans.

3 thoughts on “Call for investigation of NRA fraud, political misuse of donations

  1. Обновить says:

    (July 16, 2018): A campaign watchdog group is pressing the Federal Election Commission to investigate how the National Rifle Association spent money in relation to four past senatorial campaigns. https://www.courthousenews.com/campaign-watchdog-wants-investigation-of-nra-senate-donations/ In a complaint filed with the FEC Monday morning, the Campaign Legal Center alleged the NRA used a shell company to funnel money into campaign ads while another straw company took in money and acted as a “common vendor” for the four campaigns.
    The Center claims the scheme involved two separate NRA entities: the National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund and the National Rifle Association of America Institute for Legislative.
    (July 16, 2018): Russian Accused of Infiltrating NRA on Mission From Kremlin https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-16/russian-gun-rights-advocate-arrested-by-u-s-for-conspiracy Reportedly the FBI is also investigating whether the NRA took money from Russian interests to bolster Trump’s campaign.
    (March 20, 2018) A series of reports over the past few days provide new insight into how the gun lobby first became acquainted with Alexander Torshin — a Russian operative accused of massive money laundering — and how Torshin helped build up a series of bizarre ties between Moscow and the NRA. https://thinkprogress.org/russia-elections-nra-observer-e7cfe4816869/

    • Farewell2Arms says:

      (July 7, 2018): “The NRA looks to the Supreme Court for salvation” http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/395914-the-nra-looks-to-the-supreme-court-for-salvation
      “The National Rifle Association (NRA) couldn’t be more excited about the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre noted in a recent ad, “Our time is now. This [is] our historic moment to go on offense and restore American greatness… and put a pro-#2A [Second Amendment] majority on the Supreme Court that will defend individual freedom for generations to come.”
      It’s no secret why the N.R.A. is greeting this vacancy like Christmas in July. For one thing, they’ve spent enormous resources trying to buy influence in Washington. The NRA paid out more than $55 million to elect President Trump and ensure a friendly Congress, in addition to at least $2 million supporting the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.”
      Also: “The Navajo Nation made a bid for the gun maker Remington, which has recently emerged from bankruptcy. Although the offer was rejected, it offered an interesting plan to remake one of the country’s oldest and largest firearms companies.” (NYT Business July 16, 2018) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/16/business/dealbook/remington-sale-navajo-nation.html

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