February 10, 2020
New York Charges the NRA with Violating insurance laws, deceiving members
Lockton was fined $7 million by the New York regulator in May 2018 over its involvement with Carry Guard.
The Department of Financial Services is seeking up to a $500 penalty for each of the 28,000 policies issued to New York residents. 500 x 28000 = $14,000,000. Annual Memberships at $45/14,000,000 = 311,111.1.
April 6th, 2020 hearing in Manhattan.
Brewer said, “Today’s announcement is about politics, not protecting consumers,” William Brewer, a lawyer for the NRA, said in a statement. “The NRA acted appropriately at all times.”
NRA BoD Candidate "Phil" commenting on ammoland article.
Paul Babaz fired from his job on December 18th, 2019.
Gun-Grabbing Memes for the Tacticool Scene starts #ReplaceWayneWithDuane
2/10/20 After show correction/addition: FINRA's Broker-Check list Babaz's termination as a voluntary resignation.
January 27, 2020
-John Cushman was successful in getting onto the Ballot by Petition only. It was Mr. Carter who ran by petition but was also put on the ballot by the nominating committee. Only John Cushman and Frank Tait are on the ballot solely by petition of the members.
-Patricia Clark is a former Chair of the Nominating Committee, she was not serving on the Committee when she was put on the ballot by that committee last year. It is currently not clear who the Char of the Nominating Committee is.
-Jeffrey W. Hague has withdrawn his name, as the February issue of American Rifleman indicates. Candidates page has updated to 38 candidates and 84% of those 38 being elected to the NRA BoD.
-Ted W. Carter informs us that he was elected to the BoD in 2011, not 1999.
January 19, 2020
Discussing the NRA BoD Winter meeting and more!
January 6, 2020
The NRA BoD Winter meeting is this week, Saturday January 11th, 2020 with committee meetings starting on Tuesday. We need the NRA to be overhauled and we need our Directors to do it!!! Please join us in imploring the NRA directors to hold the NRA leadership accountable.
December 22, 2019
Two special guests discuss Second Amendment culture, the NRA and more!
December 22, 2019
NRA’s Financial Challenges
- December 17th - Fox Business News - “NRA spends on foreign fundraising amid financial challenges.”
- December 16th - Open Secrets.org - “Cash-strapped NRA discloses spending on foreign fundraising for first time”
- “Member dues fell to their lowest level in five years in 2017, as reported by The New York Times, a year in which it lost $55 million in income. The Washington Post reported that the group had a $10.8 million shortfall in 2018 as well.” - Fox Business News
- “NRA drains charities, pays for PAC - For the NRA, charity begins at home. The NRA, which is set up as 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit, rakes in money from its charitable affiliates while footing bills for its PAC with no sign of reimbursement. Although affiliated charities reimburse the NRA millions of dollars for various expenses, federal campaign finance records for the NRA’s Political Victory Committee show no sign of reimbursements to the NRA.” - Open Secrets
“NRA ‘School Safety Initiative’ Was Front to Increase Fundraising”
- “In an amended counterclaim filed in Texas federal court in November, the NRA’s former ad agency—Ackerman McQueen—says that the gun lobby used School Shield as a “shell” program that it did not intend to meaningfully execute.” - Via Daily Beast on December 5th
NRATV Wanted to Become a 24/7 Newsroom Using NRA Funds: Ex-Host
- ex-host Grant Stinchfield claimed in an affidavit filed last week that now-defunct NRATV streaming platform once had aspirations to be a full-fledged news operation. -The Daily Beast
- “In the final 18 months, AMc representatives progressively discovered that LaPierre and his executive team, with the board’s oversight and approval, were marketing false products and narratives to NRA members, covering up sexual harassment, attempting to intimidate public officials, disrupting internal investigations about Russia, spending member money for personal benefit and more,” the ad firm further railed against NRA in a statement last month.
- Newsweek - The Oklahoma-based firm, Ackerman McQueen, told Newsweek Tuesday that it would counter allegations from Grant Stinchfield, the former host of a self-titled NRATV program, with its own "legal action" against him. Ackerman claims that Stinchfield, who served as host from 2016 until July, provided "inaccurate information under oath" in an affidavit that was filed earlier this month in the NRA's federal lawsuit against the firm.
New York attorney general intensifies investigation into the NRA
- “The New York attorney general's office is intensifying its investigation into the National Rifle Association, recently issuing a new, wide-ranging subpoena to the gun rights organization that offers hints at where the high-profile probe is moving, a person familiar with the document told NBC News.” - Via NBC News on December 11th
- Outdoor Wire - “The questions seem to frame a simple theme: despite claims otherwise, the 76-member Board -with a few exceptions (more on that in a second)- was both ignorant and powerless. And those few exceptions followed - and continue to follow - the marching orders issued by Wayne LaPierre.”
- Outdoor Wire - “As many as 90 current and former Board members have apparently been told they face possible indictments in New York. Potential charges range from breach of fiduciary duty to tax fraud.”
Wayne LaPierre’s NYTimes Interview
- December 18th - NYTimes “Inside Wayne LaPierre’s Battle for the N.R.A. -
How an internal power struggle, a New York State investigation and accusations of fraud and betrayal on all sides have left the longtime leader of the gun-rights organization reeling.”
- Wayne LaPierre, “If I lose every friend,” he said, “I’m prepared to do it.”
- “My attitude was, stay away from her,” LaPierre said, but he did not aggressively intervene, even as Butina coordinated a 2015 N.R.A. trip to Moscow. “I saw this itinerary that somebody had,” LaPierre recalled. “It’s got all of these meetings with this guy — what are they called? — oligarch so-and-so, and oligarch so-and-so, and deputy so-and-so. And I’m like: ‘You guys are all nuts. Are you crazy?’ ” But the trip, in which several donors and board members, including a former and a future N.R.A. president, met with senior aides to Vladimir Putin, went forward nonetheless.
- TTAG - “Noteworthy also is Hakim’s treatment of attorney Brewer. He doesn’t leave out the concerns about Brewer’s ethics or the astronomical amounts he’s billing the NRA, but Brewer is depicted as a crusading defender of civil rights, willing to cross ideological lines to defend constitutional freedoms.”
- TTAG - “But why would the Times agree to a relatively benign portrayal of someone the paper and its readers clearly revile? In Dell’Aquila’s view, it’s better for those who hate the NRA and the causes it supports to keep LaPierre right where he is.”
November 26, 2019
Challenge to find the NRA President holding a firearm.