You are using an outdated browser. For a faster, safer browsing experience, upgrade for free today.


Another AG Goes After the NRA

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its foundation are the targets of subpoenas from the attorney general of the District of Columbia. The subpoenas seek financial records and follow similar requests from the State of New York.
The result of the investigation could be the NRA losing its nonprofit status in both states. Karl Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, “issued subpoenas to the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and the NRA Foundation, Inc., as part of an investigation into whether these entities violated the District’s Nonprofit Act.”
According to the statement from Racine: “We are seeking documents from these two nonprofits detailing, among other things, their financial records, payments to vendors, and payments to officers and directors.” Racine can go to court to dissolve or place in receivership a nonprofit corporation.
William A. Brewer III, an attorney for the NRA, said via a statement that the NRA plans to cooperate with the investigation. “The NRA has full confidence in its accounting practices and commitment to good governance,” Brewer said. “The association’s financials are audited and its tax filings are verified by one of the most reputable firms in the world. Internally, the association has an appropriate conflict of interest policy, which provides that all potential conflicts are reviewed and scrutinized by the audit committee.”
The investigation has come after infighting at the nonprofit resulted in its president, Oliver North of Iran-Contra scandal fame, being pushed out. There have also been media reports regarding the NRA having financial issues, shuttering some of its video operations.
North has accused NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre of using organizational funds for expensive suits and for personal items.

As we celebrate our 36th year, NPT remains dedicated to supplying breaking news, in-depth reporting, and special issue coverage to help nonprofit executives run their organizations more effectively.