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Associated Press
03 May 2021


Are the leaders of the National Rifle Association abusing the legal system to duck accountability for their mismanagement? Or are they making a legitimate move to reorganize in the face of an attack from politicians bent on dismantling the powerful gun-rights group?

A federal judge in Dallas was left to weigh those competing narratives Monday during closing arguments in the NRA's bankruptcy trial. Judge Harlin Hale said he expects to issue a written ruling early next week in the case over whether the NRA can move its incorporation from New York to Texas.

Lawyers for the NRA and the state of New York clashed on how to interpret the case, but they broadly agreed its outcome will define the future of an organization that has long dominated America’s gun debate. The NRA filed for bankruptcy in January, five months after New York’s Democratic attorney general sued in a separate effort to disband the group over alleged financial abuses.

The trial closed Monday after 11 days of arguments and testimony that laid bare the NRA's inner workings and offered a rare window into the work of its embattled and notoriously secretive leader, Wayne LaPierre. The competing sides left Hale with a variety of ways to resolve the Chapter 11 proceeding.

Lawyers for New York and Ackerman McQueen, an Oklahoma City-based advertising agency that says the NRA owes it more than $1 million, cast the case as a desperate but clumsy abuse of federal bankruptcy law to stymie the work of New York regulators and law enforcement. They asked that it be dismissed or that Hale appoint a trustee to oversee the NRA.

The NRA's attorney portrayed those options as potential death blows to the 150-year-old organization and asked the judge to let it proceed with reorganizing. He argued that the allegations of financial abuse were exaggerated and that the NRA has gone through a “course correction.” He said the case would facilitate a legitimate move to a state where the group is supported and was not an effort to duck New York's suit.

Though headquartered in Virginia, the NRA was chartered as a nonprofit in New York in 1871. Moving its incorporation to Texas would complicate New York's case against the group.

A small group of NRA board members who have been skeptical of LaPierre's leadership also weighed in, asking the judge to appoint someone to investigate the management and workings of the NRA and to report their findings to the 76-member board.




 

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I need to send them more money quick. Lots of stories claiming lavish and questionable spending:

"Among the NRA's assets are statues and paintings of its former president Charlton Heston worth nearly six figures, a Range Rover for the group's treasurer, and a prepayment to a private jet company. "

"The NRA also reported a $180,000 claim from a company called Wayne LaPierre Expense Reports Reserve, which operates out of the group's Virginia headquarters. It is not clear what the claim is for. The NRA did not respond to a request for details on it. "

"Those claims are on top of the more than $12 million the NRA reported paying its top outside counsel Bill Brewer in the 90 days before filing. Dell'Aquila took special exception to Brewer's fees and said they were proof of continued mismanagement. He pointed to a recent failed attempt by Brewer to combine the various lawsuits the NRA is involved in."

"It was a Hail Mary pass legally," Dell'Aquila said. "It was this incredible waste of NRA members' money."
 

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How do you file for bankruptcy when you are telling the members you have plenty of money. And how are you still asking members for money when you are both bankrupt and flush with cash? And this is what they are focusing on when we need them more than ever for the gun rights battle? These guys have become a standing joke. They have let the membership down, big time.

If WLP even cared at all about the mission of the organization, he would have resigned long ago.
 

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I heard the lawyer that Wayne said was going to keep him out of an orange jumpsuit makes $1,200.00 an hour.

"The filing cites claims that the NRA has paid Brewer’s firm at least $54 million to represent the organization in a variety of litigation..."

"Additionally, David Dell’Aquila, a one-time benefactor turned critic of NRA leadership who has led a donor revolt over the past year, has told The Trace that he had persuaded a group of like-minded supporters to withhold $163 million in planned donations. Dell’Aquila is also leading a fraud lawsuit against the NRA, in which “ex-National Rifle Association benefactors alleged that the group had improperly used their money to cover, among other things, $2 million a month in legal fees and hundreds of thousands of dollars in clothing and private plane trips for NRA head Wayne LaPierre.”

Send your donations in NOW.

 
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