New York Attorney General Letitia James announced today that she will pursue a lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA), alleging that the powerful pro-gun interest group violated several state laws that nonprofit organizations are supposed to follow. Her announcement comes after an audit of the group.
In the civil suit, she alleges that the NRA was infected with “a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement, and negligent oversight.” One of the biggest offenders is the NRA’s current Executive VP and CEO, Wayne LaPierre. He is one of four individuals specifically named in the suit. AG James said in a press conference that LaPierre and three others used millions in funds for personal use, often doing it in ways to avoid scrutiny from the IRS.
LaPierre himself is alleged to have squandered and stolen literally 10s of millions of dollars.
John Frazier, the organization’s counsel, is also named in the suit and James seeks to remove him from that position.
Woody Phillips and Joshua Powell are the other two individuals named in the suit.
In a statement, James announced — “As today’s complaints lays out, we found that the NRA […] fostered a culture of non-compliance and disregard for internal controls that led to the waste and loss of millions of assets and contributed to the NRA’s current deteriorated financial state.” She also said, “The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets. The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.”
She also charged that they used the NRA’s funds as their “personal piggy bank” in her press conference. According to the suit, the four named NRA executives squandered tens of millions in donations on personal trips, private jets, and expensive meals.
Watch the full press conference below where she details how LaPierre and the others ripped off their members in 18 different ways:
NRA President Carolyn Meadows said the organization would fight the lawsuit and called it a political attack.
“This was a baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms it fights to defend,” Meadows said.
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