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The Poor NRA Has Been Terribly Vicitmized. A Dark Dirk Thread.
OK, sure that was a clickbait headline, but oddly, it's true. And ITS ALSO TRUE that the NRA is EVEN MORE diabolically evil than it was when you just thought it was responsible for murdered children, Mitch McConnell and a flood of laundered Russian money in our democracy.
Yesterday, I wrote this thread. . Which caused good twitters like @Pinche_Pi & (Someone I've lost, I'm sorry!) a 2008 board complaint against Wayne LaPierre for illegally operating the NRA for his own benefit. Many others sent good stuff too @erica1933.
The gist of yesterday's thread was that the NRA was using donated funds to pay 40M a year to its advertising company. The ad company was then paying Wayne LaPierre and Ollie North ungodly sums for travel, crazy "wardrobe" reimbursements; apartments for apparent girlfriends, etc.
When the board asked why the advertising bill was so high, then filed suit, the ad company said: "F Off, Wayne LaPierre told us to pay it through an offbooks illegal arrangement - why don't you ask him?"
When the board asked how much the NRA was required to pay for the ad companies' contract with Ollie North (the NRA's then President), the ad company said "F off. That's confidential." Even though the NRA was required to pay the amounts.
If you pay a vendor $40M a year and ask it to give you receipts AND IT SAYS F OFF, then it's not your vendor, it's your boss.
AND IT'S ABOUT TO GET MUCH, MUCH WORSE. 2 days after NRA v. Ackerman was filed; and 1 day after The New Yorker dropped this bombshell newyorker.com/news/news-desk… @everytown filed a complaint with the IRS that the NRA was in violation of it's non profit status.
And this is behind a paywall and I am not a NYT subscriber, BUT I DOUBT THIS IS GOING TO HELP. nytimes.com/2019/05/14/us/… BOOM MTFERS.
Here's the @everytown complaint everytown.org/wp-content/upl…. Key points below.
I kinda feel like they could have gone with terrorist campaigns and illegal political activities, too, but let's go for the "Directors/officers/persons" and the "for profit business activities."
They got a 10 year head of tax exempt orgs at the IRS to look at the New Yorker piece: "The materials reflect one of the broadest arrays of likely transgressions that I've ever seen."
Bottom Line: "A small group of NRA executives, contractors and vendors has extracted HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ... through gratuitous payments, sweetheart deals, and opaque financial arrangements."
This is the BIG ONE. All the executives are double and triple dipping. They get their NRA salary; then they get a salary from the NRA vendors and NRATV; and then they probably own another vendor, too.
Good Old Wayne "No Socialists" LaPierre GETS A SALARY FOR LIFE.
Former Managing Director Michael Marcellin was getting $643,899 from the NRA in 2016, $713,975 in 2017 AND WAS GETTING A $978,179 KICKBACK FROM LOCKLIN INSURANCE which was "inadvertently excluded" from the NRA books.
Wayne Sheets (NRA Foundation Executive Director); Pete Brownell (NRA President); Josh Powell (Thief, Brownell Buddy). THEY ARE ALL TAKING KICKBACKS AND BASICALLY STEALING.
The NRA is paying family members, too. Like Wayne "Horrible Guy" LaPierre's wife, Susan. I'm sure she was volunteering her time. bustle.com/p/who-is-wayne…
Not content to wildly enrich insiders, they also give "non-political" foundation money to the political side by the millions. Cuz, hey, why not? (Borrowing from officer's life insurance policies, though - that seems legit.)
I'm SO SURE THE RUSSIANS HAD TROUBLE EXERTING INFLUENCE over an NRA run by greedy, criminal, ammoral, gun nuts that don't at all mind dead kids in our elementary schools and must laugh at the "normies" that the money they steal. So sure. Fxers.
END THREAD. THANKS TO @EVERYTOWN for this important public work. Let's hope the IRS does the right thing.
Here's an alt headline for you: THE NRA IS ON LIFE SUPPORT, CRUSHED BY ITS OWN GREED.
If any of y'all good researchers can tell me what other political animals were using Ackerman McQueen (or the other vendors noted above), I would really appreciate it.
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