CEO LaPierre fends off back­lash, wins re-elec­tion

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

Wayne LaPierre, the fiery pub­lic face of the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion for decades, fended off a back­lash in­side the or­ga­ni­za­tion over its fi­nances and di­rec­tion, win­ning re-elec­tion Mon­day as the gun lobby’s CEO.

The move, an­nounced on the NRA mag­a­zine’s Amer­i­can Ri­fle­man web­site, came dur­ing a closed-door meet­ing of the group’s board of direc­tors.

It was un­clear if the de­bate that has roiled the 5-mil­lion-mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tion in re­cent weeks would still lead to sig­nif­i­cant changes in its op­er­a­tions. Board mem­bers did not im­me­di­ately re­turn mes­sages for com­ment; their phones had been con­fis­cated be­fore en­ter­ing the meet­ing room.

The board also elected a slate of lead­ers, in­clud­ing Carolyn Mead­ows as pres­i­dent. She by­passed the person who tra­di­tion­ally would have been next in line to be­come pres­i­dent.

For the past two decades, the NRA has faced crit­i­cism from among its ranks that its lead­ers had be­come cor­rupted by the mil­lions of dol­lars flow­ing into its cof­fers. The crit­i­cism has in­cluded al­le­ga­tions of self-deal­ing and ex­ces­sive per­sonal spend­ing. Now the pres­sure has in­creased, with New York’s at­tor­ney gen­eral open­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that could threaten the group’s tax-ex­empt sta­tus.

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