Asked why she did not use a commercial airline, LaPierre testified “I think it was probably easier to fly private, more convenient.”
Cost of flight: $8,800.
It has 4 staterooms, a 16-foot jet boat, and 2 jet skis.
LaPierre described Illusions as “a big, big yacht” w/ a crew & a chef
But of course LaPierre’s use of the yacht constituted a gift from an NRA contractor in excess of $250 requiring disclosure under NRA policy.
In 2018, the NRA paid LaPierre’s Travel Consultant $2,630,531.71
In the first six months of 2019 alone, the NRA paid LaPierre’s Travel Consultant $1,007,597.80
A couple months later, Powell was accused of sexual harassment
LaPierre didn’t launch an investigation or take any disciplinary action regarding Powell’s behavior.
Her corporate card was taken away, BUT she continued to have access to and use of other NRA employees’ corporate credit cards!
(What could go wrong?)
The NRA used this arrangement to conceal expenditures by NRA executives—including LaPierre —many of which were personal or lacked documentation required by IRS
- Pay for meals for NRA executives at an upscale Italian restaurant
- @NRA directed Ackerman to purchase memberships to a members-only cigar bar
- Ackerman paid, and @NRA reimbursed, more than $250,000 to LaPierre’s Travel Consultant
NRA security escorted him out
After, LaPierre directed @NRA to enter into an agreement under which the NRA agreed to pay the former Executive Director $60,000 a month over a 2-year period
The individual retired from @NRA in January 2016 but was still paid a full year’s salary, $630,000, AND paid by @NRA after his retirement:
$713,000 in 2017
$535,000 in 2018
Board members who publicly expressed concern about @NRA’s actions were denied the committee assignments they requested and some resigned