As the gun group confronts serious financial straits, it has entrusted its operations to Josh Powell, a failed mail-order mogul who attracted a mountain of lawsuits in his former career.
Following a Trace report, the Campaign Legal Center files its second FEC complaint against the NRA in three months.
The gun group's first big ad buy of the 2018 cycle was made through a company that, according to an election watchdog, exists only to circumvent campaign finance laws.
One month after complaining of "tens of millions of dollars" in losses in a court filing, the NRA is hiking member fees by 12 percent.
Lockton, the insurance broker behind the NRA’s Carry Guard program, argued in a court filing that the organization’s “inflammatory marketing” made it an inevitable pariah.
The NRA contends that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s campaign to pressure insurers and financial services companies to cut ties with the gun group could deeply harm its financial health and ability to “fulfill its advocacy objectives.”
Following a Trace investigation, Starboard Strategic Inc’s leadership continues to duck inquiries that would clarify how it complies with laws meant to prevent giving candidates unfair advantages.
Following an investigation by The Trace and Politico Magazine, the Campaign Legal Center asserts that the gun group’s actions created a “unfair advantage” that violated the law.
Since 2014, the gun rights group has paid more than $60 million to a little known contractor for ads in must-win political races. Did it break campaign finance laws in the process?
Robert Spitzer, a professor at the State University of New York and an authority on the gun group, parses the signals with The Trace’s Mike Spies.