NY Attorney General Letitia James Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The NRA
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the NRA and CEO Wayne LaPierre for corruption.
August 06, 2020 at 9:05 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James took on the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Thursday morning, filing a lawsuit to dissolve the gun rights organization for years of financial corruption and mismanagement.
James' lawsuit was filed in the New York County Supreme Court and stated the senior leadership of the 149-year-old organization has spent years stealing millions from the charitable arm of the group. She said the leaders named in the suit "instituted a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement, and negligent oversight."
The NRA's Wayne LaPierre allegedly "spent more than $3.6 million on luxury black car services and travel consultants in the last two years," according to New York Attorney General Letitia James. https://t.co/B50Ds8Qo2l
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“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,” James said in a statement to ABC News.
The attorney general's office has spent 18 months investigating the organization and looking into the actions of CEO Wayne LaPierre, general counsel John Frazer, former Chief Financial Officer Woody Phillips and former Chief of Staff Joshua Powell, according to NPR.
The lawsuit states LaPierre gave himself a $17 million post-employment contract and used NRA accounts for vacations to the Bahamas, Nebraska and Europe.
The attorney general said on Twitter the financial misconduct of the four men "contributed to the loss of more than $64 million in just three years for the NRA."
In addition to the New York lawsuit, the attorney general of Washington D.C. filed a lawsuit against the NRA Foundation, an independent group incorporated in D.C., reports NBC Washington.
"Charitable organizations function as public trusts — and District law requires them to use their funds to benefit the public, not to support political campaigns, lobbying, or private interests. With this lawsuit, we aim to recover donated funds that the NRA Foundation wasted," Attorney General Karl Racine said in a statement.
"District nonprofits should be on notice that the Office of the Attorney General will file suit if we find evidence of illegal behavior," Racine added.