N.Y. at­tor­ney gen­eral takes aim at NRA over al­leged cor­rup­tion

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

NEW YORK — New York’s at­tor­ney gen­eral sued the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion on Thurs­day, seek­ing to put the pow­er­ful gun ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tion out of busi­ness over claims that top ex­ec­u­tives il­le­gally di­verted tens of mil­lions of dol­lars for lav­ish per­sonal trips, noshow con­tracts for as­so­ci­ates and other ques­tion­able ex­pen­di­tures.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Leti­tia James’ law­suit, filed in Man­hat­tan state court, high­lighted mis­spending and self-deal­ing claims that have roiled the NRA and its long­time leader, Wayne LaPierre, in re­cent years — from hair and makeup for his wife to a $17 mil­lion postem­ploy­ment con­tract for him­self.

Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, Washington D.C. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Karl Racine — like James, a Demo­crat — sued the NRA Foun­da­tion, a char­i­ta­ble arm of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, ac­cus­ing it of di­vert­ing funds to the NRA to help pay for lav­ish spend­ing by top ex­ec­u­tives.

In a state­ment, NRA Pres­i­dent Carolyn Mead­ows la­beled James a “po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunist” pur­su­ing a “rank vendetta” with an at­tack on its mem­bers’ Sec­ond Amend­ment rights.

Wayne LaPierre

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