It alleges that top executives diverted $64 million in charitable donations over three years for their own benefit.
16 mins ago - Politics & PolicyNew York AG files lawsuit to dissolve NRA
Wayne LaPierre. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.
Why it matters: The NRA is the most powerful gun lobby in the country and receives a huge amount in donations each year, but New York's investigation claims that CEO Wayne LePierre and other top leaders undermined the organization's mission for their own personal benefit.
- "The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets," James said in a statement.
- The NRA has operated in New York since 1871. The suit charges the organization as a whole, in addition to four top executives, including LaPierre.
- D.C.'s attorney general also simultaneously filed a similar lawsuit against the organization's foundation.
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