Trips to Botswana, Yachts, and Golf Outings: How Wayne LaPierre Allegedly Grifted the NRA - 2020-08-06
Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's CEO and executive vp, allegedly used millions of dollars in funds meant for the nonprofit's daily operations as a personal piggy bank, according to a damning investigation by New York State's attorney general. Now, the office is calling for the immediate disbanding of America's most powerful pro-gun lobby.
Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday morning that the state is suing the National Rifle Association after an 18-month investigation, alleging the organization violated laws in New York, where it operates as a charitable membership corporation.
The AG's office claims it has evidence that current and former NRA executives — including LaPierre, who has served as its chief executive since 1991 — misappropriated the group's funds for lavish family trips and expensive meals, while others turned a blind eye to the malfeasance and empowered a negligent internal audit committee to cover up the financial misconduct. For years, the organization also failed to accurately track its finances through annual reports as mandated by New York State, accounting for a total loss of at least $64 million in three years, according to James' office.