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Long article but a good one.  Gives you insight on the people controlling the NRA


NRA History Revisited

https://thetruthaboutguns.com/2018/01/robert-farago/nra-history-revisited/

On January 15, 2018, Marion Hammer, NRA past president and a current member of both the NRA Board of Directors and Executive Council, published an editorial on Ammoland Shooting Sports News. The article warned of current and past threats to the NRA, and listing a slate of candidates she supports for the upcoming NRA Board of Directors election . . .

Mrs. Hammer is free to endorse any Board candidate she likes. But in her endorsement she can’t rewrite history to suit herself, nor can she expect to cast aspersions on the motives of good people without challenge

In her comments, Ms. Hammer carefully avoids naming names, but anyone who has been paying any attention at all to NRA politics – past and present – knows exactly whom she is referring to.

She begins with muddy praise for the stalwart NRA members who staged a revolt at the NRA Members’ Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1977. It was the night when the members wrested control of the NRA from a hidebound and self-perpetuating management and put the Association on the road to being the premier defender of the human right to armed self-defense.

Then she jumps forward to 1997 to talk about an attempted “coup” by a group of “dissident malcontents,” but fails to mention that both actions were staged by many of the same people, and for many of the same reasons.

I put “coup” in quotes in the second instance because the group that she claims was staging the “coup” was the duly elected Officers and Directors attempting, unsuccessfully, to exercise their fiduciary responsibility against actions by paid staff and critical contractors with multimillion-dollar contracts.

The 1997 fight was not a coup; it was a mutiny.

In contrast to Cincinnati, the prize in 1977 was not the heart, soul, and destiny of the NRA, but control of the organization’s checkbook and prudent management of its resources. The goal in both instances was to give the members control over their NRA. The 1997 action included First Vice President Neal Knox, Second Vice President Albert Ross, and a majority of the NRA Board of Directors.

The core issue was how the NRA’s PR company, Ackerman McQueen, was drawing millions of dollars a year from the organization and improperly controlling NRA staff. The Board directed Wayne to sever ties with Ack-Mac, and Wayne promised to do so, then claimed to have done so, by bringing in a new PR company called Mercury Group.

The “new” PR company turned out to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Ack-Mac, with all of the same players in all of the same positions, still bleeding the association of the same millions of dollars.

The Finance Committee responded to the charade by calling an emergency meeting to demand accountability, demand dismissal of Ack-Mac, and require the treasurer to pull NRA’s meager remaining funds out of risky investments.

Marion Hammer, as President of the Board, used her power to push that meeting into executive session to quash the reports from the meeting, then at the subsequent Board meeting, used her power to suppress debate, spread disinformation, and bully members to her position.

Read her editorial. She brags about her use of heavy-handed tactics.

Many on the Board wanted to fire Wayne for his duplicity. Neal Knox was not among those. He merely wanted Wayne to obey the instructions of the Board, and he was willing to use the threat of firing Wayne as a lever to force him to comply, and he was ready to follow through on the threat if Wayne balked.

Read more at link -->  http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2018/01/robert-farago/nra-history-revisited/

Another article written by Washington Post in 2000 about NRA.  This article was mentioned in the article above.

https://washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/the-nras-call-to-arms/2013/01/08/b6ad87a4-59a5-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story.html



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Wayne Lapierre Congressional testimony in 1999

https://c-span.org/video/?c4448338/nra-gun-control-27-1999


He admits the NRA worked with congress to set up NICS.  He supports ALL gun transfers going through the NICS system.



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Not surprising given that the NRA is nothing more than controlled opposition which has shown its support of gun confiscation laws a.k.a red flag laws.

The incestous relationship between NRA and Akerman and McQueen has been exposed. It looks like NRA was depending on NRA Carry Guard to help erase the financial deficit it is in, but New York Governor Cuomo  stopped that shoddy insurance product from being sold there.

The NRA annual convention is coming up soon should be interesting if Wayne Lapierre and Chris Cox ignore the elephant in the room and how many Fudds continue to be duped by thieves in charge.

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Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A.

https://newyorker.com/news/news-desk/secrecy-self-dealing-and-greed-at-the-nra


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The N.R.A. and Ackerman have become so intertwined that it is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. Top officials and staff move freely between the two organizations; Oliver North, the former Iran-Contra operative, who now serves as the N.R.A.’s president, is paid roughly a million dollars a year through Ackerman, according to two N.R.A. sources. But this relationship, which in many ways has built the contemporary N.R.A., seems also to be largely responsible for the N.R.A.’s dire financial state. According to interviews and to documents that I obtained—federal tax forms, charity records, contracts, corporate filings, and internal communications—a small group of N.R.A. executives, contractors, and venders has extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from the nonprofit’s budget, through gratuitous payments, sweetheart deals, and opaque financial arrangements. Memos created by a senior N.R.A. employee describe a workplace distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, and have marginalized those who object. “Management has subordinated its judgment to the vendors,” the documents allege. “Trust in the top has eroded.”



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More documents are available at the link below.   NRA spent 18 million on lawyers not suing for the 2nd amendment infringements  but fighting to sustain their insurance business.   274,695 spent by Ackerman McQueen on Wayne Lapierre wardrobe.
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NRA Documents Reveal Brewer Law Firm Spending, LaPierre Expense Details

https://thetruthaboutguns.com/2019/05/daniel-zimmerman/nra-documents-reveal-brewer-law-firm-spending-lapierre-expense-details/

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Now a number of additional relevant documents have leaked (see below), including correspondence from North expressing the need to hire an outside counsel to investigate the huge legal fees being paid to Brewer’s firm as part of the board’s fiduciary duty to its membership.

Keep in mind two things: 1) though he was President of the NRA, North’s salary was paid by Ackerman McQueen, and 2) Brewer, the outside attorney (who filed the lawsuit against Ackerman), is married to the daughter Angus McQueen, co-CEO of Ack-Mac.

A number of observers, NRA members and others, have dismissed these reports published by outlets like The New Yorker and Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun propaganda outlet, The Trace. They claim that this is all just a targeted hit job against America’s oldest civil rights organization.

While those two publications and others no doubt relish these chances to land punches, that doesn’t mean the NRA doesn’t actually have very serious financial and managerial problems that need to be addressed with all possible speed.









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From the articles I have been reading NRA is deep financial trouble.  Years of living high of hog with lavish contracts for board members, top NRA executives  and contractors like Ackerman McQueen have left NRA coffers empty especially after spending 30 million to get a New York gun grabber elected.    In 2017,  NRA gave 40 million dollars to Ackerman McQueen for NRATV which nobody knew about or watched.
This has to be karma for NRA advising Trump to ban bump stocks via ATF regulation.
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N.R.A. Shuts Down Production of NRATV, and Its No. 2 Official Resigns

https://nytimes.com/2019/06/25/us/nra-nratv-ackerman-mcqueen.html

Moving to clean house amid an organizational crisis, the National Rifle Association cut ties with its second-in-command, Christopher W. Cox; severed its relationship with Ackerman McQueen, its estranged advertising firm; and shut down live production at its online media arm, NRATV.

The steps took place within a brief span on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The resignation of Mr. Cox, the gun group’s top lobbyist and the architect of its legislative strategy, was communicated to the N.R.A.’s board and employees on Wednesday. The news comes days after a court filing by the N.R.A. implicated him in a failed plot to oust Wayne LaPierre, the organization’s chief executive, an allegation Mr. Cox has disputed. Last week, The New York Times reported that the N.R.A. had suspended Mr. Cox.

Mr. LaPierre, in a message sent Wednesday to employees and board members, said he had accepted Mr. Cox’s resignation and wanted “to thank Chris for his service to the N.R.A. and for his efforts to advocate for the Second Amendment.” He noted that Mr. Cox had been “placed on administrative leave” pending an investigation into the claims against him, and said, “Naturally, that pursuit will continue in the interest of the N.R.A. and our members.”

The development is the latest in an already tumultuous year for the N.R.A. The gun group has struggled to right its finances; faced investigations in Congress and by the New York attorney general; and witnessed a leadership struggle that pitted Oliver North, until recently the N.R.A.’s president, against Mr. LaPierre.


More at the link --->  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/25/us/nra-nratv-ackerman-mcqueen.html



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