New York AG Seeks To Dissolve NRA, Alleging Wide-Ranging Fraud, Self-Dealing
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that the “chief executive of the National Rifle Association and several top lieutenants engaged in a decades-long pattern of fraud to raid the coffers of the powerful gun rights group for personal gain,” The Washington Post reported.
- James said the activity drained “$64 million from the nonprofit in just three years.”
- The attorney general “called for the dissolution of the NRA and the removal of CEO Wayne LaPierre from the leadership post he has held for the past 39 years, saying he and others used the group’s funds to finance a luxury lifestyle.”
- James “also asked a New York court to force LaPierre and three key deputies to repay NRA members for the ill-gotten funds and inflated salaries that her investigation found they took.”
“The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,” James, a Democrat, said in a statement.
- Her investigation into the NRA began in February 2019, the newspaper reported, and found “a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement, and negligent oversight at the NRA that was illegal, oppressive, and fraudulent.”