Marketing firm Ackerman McQueen said it would “not tolerate” further contact between NRA Chief of Staff Josh Powell and its employees — and that the gun group's reaction drove their professional split.
The gun group’s lawyer said “not a cent” of the nonprofit’s money was spent on helping executive Wayne LaPierre’s house hunt. But accountants flagged a $70,000 payment for doing just that.
In a newly obtained document, the accountant raised ethical and billing concerns about the law firm of William A. Brewer III, whose fees totaled $24 million in a year.
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.