Using fraudulent invoices, Woody Phillips diverted more than $1 million from a consulting firm to his personal account.
The gun group's foundation directed at least $180K to a nonprofit run by Susan LaPierre, who also asked NRA vendors to contribute.
The gun group has blamed its money problems on its longtime marketing firm, but a newly unearthed document shows that the financial improprieties reach further.
The suit says the election body failed to act on allegations that the gun rights group illegally coordinated with federal election campaigns, including Donald Trump's in 2016.
Lawmakers demand documents after The Trace’s reporting shows NRA’s use of shell companies to support Trump, Senate campaigns.
But will that give the gun group cover amid the wider Trump-Russia investigation?
The same media consultant purchased ads for the NRA and for Senate candidates in the Missouri, Montana, and North Carolina races.
The confessed Russian agent told an Israeli audience in 2013 that her gun rights group had a deal with the NRA.
Trump and the gun group used the same consultants to spearhead their TV ad blitzes at the height of the 2016 election, likely in violation of federal law.
The executive, Josh Powell, had been cutting costs at the financially troubled organization.
The gun group’s latest tax filings disclose a wealth of new details, including generous executive benefits amid a growing cash crunch and mysterious payments to a former official.