NY Attorney General Moves For Fraud Investigation into NRA

The attorney general of New York took action Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is “fraught with fraud and abuse.”

Attorney General Letitia James claims…she found financial misconduct in the millions of dollars and that it contributed to a loss of more than $64 million over a three-year period.

The suit alleges that top NRA executives misused charitable funds for personal gain, awarded contracts to friends and family members, and provided contracts to former employees to ensure loyalty.

The NRA said in a statement that the legal action was political, calling it blah, blah, blah.

They used all the predictable rightwing and conservative boilerplate. As will their attorneys. More good money thrown after bad; hard-earned buck$ mostly earned by members. Though no doubt there is a surplus of corporate gifties in the kitty.

I’ve had many friends who have been members of the NRA over the years. Me, too, more than once. They used to have the best education program on gun handling and safety in the country. Dunno if that still exists in useful form, anymore.

But, corruption begets little or no benefit to members or any target demographic. As mis-leadership moved further and further to the Right, the treasury moved more often into the pockets and lifestyle of the rich and famous executives of the organization. I presume one of the options before the court as this action nears an end will be throwing the crooks out; reforming activities to something more closely resembling a historic model. Who knows?

The execs made the NRA a political organization. Now, the process of sorting out the good from the bad will be as political as anything else can be in the GOUSA.

7 thoughts on “NY Attorney General Moves For Fraud Investigation into NRA

  1. Lead farmer says:

    “NRA Execs’ Hollywood Sugar Daddy Is Entangled With a Russian Oligarch” https://www.thedailybeast.com/nra-linked-producer-david-stanton-is-entangled-with-russian-oligarch-sergey-sarkisov
    “The Hollywood producer at the center of the corruption case against the National Rifle Association has had a years-long financial, creative, and apparently political relationship with a tycoon from the former Soviet Union, The Daily Beast has discovered.
    Multiple reports have identified Associated Television International (ATI) president David Stanton, also known as David McKenzie, as the anonymous figure who lavished gifts and trips on top NRA officials, as described in a lawsuit New York Attorney General Letitia James brought earlier this month. But unreported until now are Stanton’s dealings in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, which date to the late 1990s and have intensified in recent years with a series of joint ventures with a Russian oligarch named Sergey Sarkisov.”
    “In May 2019, The Trace reported that the NRA paid $1.8 million to Associated Television International to rent a home owned by its proprietor, Hollywood producer David McKenzie. McKenzie’s attorney told The Trace that the property was used in conjunction with the production of Crime Strike, a crime re-enactment program that featured LaPierre.” https://www.thetrace.org/2019/05/nra-accountants-memo-unexplained-spending/
    “How Sarkisov’s millions are earned and spent” (Vestnik Kavkaza, Moscow August 2016) https://vestnikkavkaza.net/analysis/How-Sarkisov%E2%80%99s-millions-are-earned-and-spent.html [read between the lines]
    “The Kremlin has long denied that it had anything to do with the infiltration of the National Rifle Association and the broader American conservative movement. A U.S. intelligence report reviewed by The Daily Beast tells a different story.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/kremlin-blessed-russias-nra-operation-us-intel-report-says

  2. Update says:

    (9/3/20): “The National Rifle Association’s former second-in-command is breaking with the group’s orthodoxy and calling for universal background checks and so-called red flag laws in a new book assailing the organization as more focused on money and internal intrigue than the Second Amendment, while thwarting constructive dialogue on gun violence.
    The former executive, Joshua L. Powell, who was fired by the N.R.A. in January, reinforces the kind of criticism made of the organization by gun control groups and state regulators, but it is the first critical look at its recent history by such a high-ranking insider.
    He describes the N.R.A.’s longtime chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, as a woefully inept manager, but also a skilled lobbyist with a deft touch at directing President Trump to support the group’s objectives, and who repeatedly reeled in the president’s flirtations with even modest gun control measures.
    The book, “Inside the N.R.A.: A Tell-All Account of Corruption, Greed, and Paranoia Within the Most Powerful Political Group in America,” is to be published next week, the latest public calamity for an organization that has faced years of headlines detailing allegations of corruption, infighting and even its infiltration by a Russian agent.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/03/us/politics/nra-book-wayne-lapierre.html
    “This is a fictional account of the NRA, period,” said Andrew Arulanandam, the managing director of NRA Public Affairs. https://www.mycentraloregon.com/2020/09/07/ex-nra-insider-speaks-out-gun-owners-should-be-horrified-by-what-i-saw-2/

  3. Magic Money Machine™ says:

    “After years of denying allegations of lax financial oversight, the National Rifle Association has made a stunning declaration in a new tax filing: Current and former executives used the nonprofit group’s money for personal benefit and enrichment.” (Washington Post 11/25/20) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/nra-irs-disclosure-990/2020/11/25/50521108-2d34-11eb-9c71-ccf2c0b8d571_story.html
    “The NRA said in the filing that it continues to review the alleged abuse of funds, as the tax-exempt organization curtails services and runs up multimillion-dollar legal bills. The assertion of impropriety comes four months after the attorney general of New York state filed a lawsuit accusing NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre and other top executives of using NRA funds for decades to provide inflated salaries and expense accounts.
    The tax return, which The Washington Post obtained from the organization, says the NRA “became aware during 2019 of a significant diversion of its assets.” The 2019 filing states that LaPierre and five former executives received “excess benefits,” a term the IRS uses to describe executives’ enriching themselves at the expense of a nonprofit entity.”

  4. Ante up says:

    “A federal lawsuit accuses the National Rifle Association of violating campaign finance laws by using shell companies to illegally funnel up to $35 million to Republican candidates, including former President Donald Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and others. https://news.yahoo.com/lawsuit-nra-illegally-funded-trump-165345444.html
    Trump’s 2016 campaign received up to $25 million as part of the scheme, the lawsuit states.
    The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Election_Campaign_Act

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