National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre sent bills totaling more than $542,000 to NRA ad agency Ackerman McQueen Inc., The Wall Street Journal reports.
These expenses include $39,000 for a single shopping spree at a clothing boutique in Beverly Hills, $13,800 for a summer intern’s rent, and more than $200,000 for “Air Transportation” during a 30-day period related to LaPierre’s two-week trip to the Bahamas over Christmas in 2012.
Internal NRA documents were recently posted anonymously on the internet and come amidst an “extraordinary falling-out between the NRA and Ackerman McQueen,” according to the newspaper. Carolyn Meadows, the NRA’s new president, released a statement on the issue, saying that the “entire board is fully aware of these issues. We have full confidence in Wayne LaPierre.”
She continued that “it is troubling and pathetic that some people would resort to leaking information to advance their agendas.”
LaPierre did not respond to requests for comment.
After decades of a close relationship, the NRA last month filed a lawsuit against Ackerman alleging that it failed to justify its billing.
Ackerman sent letters to LaPierre in response to the extraordinarily large bills, saying that the agency required more information in order to pay the expenses.
“We need to address your wardrobe you required us to provide, specifically purchases at the Zegna store in Beverly Hills, CA,” one letter to LaPierre read. Attached were purchases made between 2004 and 2017 that exceeded $270,000 in total. The other letter asked for detailed explanations on travel and rent expenses totalling $267,460.53.