Lawsuit Alleges Politically Powerful NRA Executives Spent Members’ Money On Luxury | MSNBC

by birtanpublished on August 15, 2020

The nra has been an outsized political force in this country for a long time they have been an axis of power and conservative politics they've been a crucial ally to this specific president in 2016 the nra donated more money to trump's

Presidential campaign than they've donated to any other presidential campaign since they've come into being but now with this lawsuit today the new york attorney general is moving to

Dissolve the organization entirely she says as punishment for years of financial fraud and abuse that amount to brazen illegality it was the diversion of millions upon

Millions of dollars from the charitable mission of the nra it was this culture of misappropriation this culture where individuals were using the nra as their personal piggy bank

Juan lapierre as the executive vice president his counsel his treasurer and his chief of staff these four individuals plus the nra itself

A 76-member board an audit committee a compensation committee all of them turned a blind eye in a deaf ear to all that was happening they doled out no show contracts no bidding contracts

They sought the loyalty of members of the committee they sought to quiet those who were dissidents and they also ignored the complaints of whistleblowers a number of whistleblowers who

Understand and who recognize the financial impropriety that was happening within nra to the point where the nra today is operating in the deficit to dissolve the nra i just heard about

That that's a very terrible thing that just happened i think the nra should move to texas and lead a very good and beautiful life and i've told them that for a long time

I think they should move to texas texas would be a great place or to another state of their choosing but i would say that texas would be a great place in an appropriate place for the nra

This has been going on for a long time they've been absolutely decimated by the cost of that lawsuit and it's very sad but i would suggest that that's what they should be doing

We filed in the supreme court today in the state of new york and until such time as they account um for their looting of this corporation this corporation cannot leave the state of new york at this point in time

The nra has filed its own lawsuit alleging the new york case is a political hit job nra president carolyn meadows said this was a baseless premeditated attack on our organization and the second amendment freedom

Freedoms it fights to defend you could have set your watch by it the investigation was going to reach its crescendo as we move into the 2020 cycle well there's an old saying in the law that when the laws on your side

Pound the law when it's not uh yell and pound the table they're making that response but the allegations in the lawsuit are really quite something the nra would not be the first organization but it certainly

Seems like one of many that start as a cause and become a bureaucracy and end up as a racket it really is a remarkable portrayal of grifting

And self-dealing of wayne lapierre arranging for himself a 17 million dollar contract in case he gets pushed out that's that's a stimulus if ever there was one

Any charitable organization and new york state's attorney general does have authority over charities in new york would really raise questions about whether there's been a lot of misconduct and it comes as you know because of

Revelations due to internal splits in the nra involving oliver north where a lot of these charges were first made public yeah i can't speak to the specifics of this case but i can tell you right now

There's a south carolina case that the nra and lindsey graham has been holding up and that is the closing the charleston leupold i lost a dear friend in clementi pitney and we

Lost eight other lives here in south carolina and there's legislation that passed the house of representatives that is in the senate sitting on the desk of lindsay old grand

The chairman of the senate judiciary committee and he's bought and paid for by the nra and he lost his constituents and he won't even bring that bill up for discussion and debate

Uh joy it's shameful uh but it's what's to be expected so there won't be a tear uh a dry eye here in south carolina particularly with the folks who were close

Those who lost their lives this is very personal to me i lost a cousin a younger cousin this morning that was murdered and over the past four years i've had five cousins murdered

And we are dealing with the trauma of gun violence as a public health crisis and over the course of that time the nra is weaponizing hate sowing division profiting off of the fact that a wedge issue now

Is keeping people divided and then self-dealing and padding their pockets and they're not honoring the constitution they're not protecting gun owners they're not honoring common-sense gun safety and

So yes they do need to go and i think the bigger conversation here is how do we get to the fact that so many of people like my family are losing our loved ones dealing with trauma

That is carrying on and breaking our communities we can keep people safe we can honor the second amendment and we can do all those things at the same time and this is a moment we have

To seize to make that happen hey there i'm chris hayes from msnbc thanks for watching msnbc on youtube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you can click subscribe just below me

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