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NY Attorney General Sues to Dissolve NRA over Alleged Self-Dealing


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Zachary Evans

August 6, 2020

New York attorney general Letitia James sued to dissolve the National Rifle Association on Wednesday, accusing senior members of the organization of fraud stretching over a period of decades.

The lawsuit alleges that four senior current and former officials at the organization, including Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, engaged in “a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement and negligent oversight.” James accuses the officials of using NRA funds for private expenses including meals, flights, and vacations.


James began an investigation into the NRA in 2019 just as the organization was going through a leadership dispute. In a 2018 interview with Ebony, James said that while the NRA presents itself as a “charitable organization,” “in fact, [it] really [is] a terrorist organization.”

The lawsuit accuses LaPierre of “routinely” abusing “his authority as Executive Vice President of the NRA to cause the NRA to improperly incur and reimburse LaPierre for expenses that were entirely for LaPierre’s personal benefit,” including “private jet travel,” “trips to the Bahamas to vacation on a yacht owned by the principal of numerous NRA vendors,” and gifts to friends.


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