New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against National Rifle Association of America

Image Wayne La Pierre

Image Wayne La Pierre

Ms James alleged in a statement that NRA leaders "used millions upon millions from NRA reserves for personal use", failing to comply with the NRA's own internal policies in addition to state and federal law.

This was a baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms it fights to defend.

"The NRA's influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets", she said.

Indeed, the corruption and abuse of power for personal gain in the NRA was so bad that the suit alleges it cost the organization $64 million over three years.

Attorney General Letitia James accused the nonprofit's senior leadership of diverting millions of dollars for their use, squandering the funds on family vacations, private jets and expensive dinners. "Instead, that money was diverted to support wasteful spending by the NRA and its executives", Racine said.

The lawsuit seeks to dissolve the NRA in its entirety and asks the court to order LaPierre and other current and former executives to pay back unlawful profits.

"Even casual observers of the NRA have seen it turn from a safety-focused nonprofit into a front group for gun manufacturers and a personal piggy bank for its leadership", said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.

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LaPierre, who also serves as CEO, has held the top position at the organization for almost 30 years.

The Washington, DC, Attorney-General has been investigating the NRA Foundation for more than a year. It also claims he spent over three million on travel consultants, and millions more on private security.

Those who attempted to blow the whistle on this behavior, the suit claims, were retaliated against by LaPierre.

Phillips, who oversaw the NRA's financial operations and retired in 2018, allegedly lied on financial disclosure forms, violated NRA policy and secured himself a $1.8 million contract for consulting services to the group's incoming treasurer.

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Jackie Emslie, an educational instructor for the NRA says the organization plays an important role in the community. While he began at $250,000, Powell's salary rose to $800,000. They're all accused of failing to manage the NRA's funds properly.

Her attempt to disband the body is likely to be contested firmly by the NRA, which is yet to respond.

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The nepotism continued, the lawsuit alleges, with Powell requesting an NRA vendor to add his father to a rotation of paid photographers.

Ms James took aim at the NRA after her office previous year dismantled President Donald Trump's charitable foundation and fined him $US2 million ($2.7million) to settle allegations he used donations meant for worthy causes to further his own business and political interests.

The NRA is headquartered in Fairfax, VA, but was founded in NY.

According to James's office, while treasurer and CFO of the organization, Phillips was responsible for managing the NRA's finances.

But according to James' lawsuit, LaPierre has "exploited" the NRA, where he has worked for almost 30 years, for his personal gain. The organization has shown financial support for Trump. Trips to the Bahamas cost $500,000 alone, according to the suit.

Much of this has to do with its legal troubles.

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