So far, 2019 has been a difficult year for the National Rifle Association. There was a power struggle at the top that resulted in the ouster of President Oliver North. New president, Carolyn Meadows, has said that Georgia Congresswoman, Lucy McBath, was elected because she’s a “minority female.”
Perhaps, most destructively, the organization has been accused of making large and illegal donations to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. House Democrats have now called for an investigation into those campaign contributions.
The calls are being made by Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL) a member of the House Weighs and Means Committee. Schneider sent a letter about the matter to the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday.
Other members of the House support the request. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) told Newsweek, “Given the flood of alleged fraud racking their organization, a probing investigation into the NRA’s finances, as well as its tax exempt status, is both welcome and necessary. It’s about time.”
Don Beyer echoed Pascrell’s sentiments. ““I support Rep. Schneider’s call for an IRS investigation into reported abuses at the NRA,” said the Virginia Congressman. “Given the organization in question I am neither surprised nor disappointed by the latest revelations. Political patronage should not protect supposed ‘nonprofits’ whose executives are living the high life off of tax deductible donations.”
In addition to legal issues, the NRA is also undergoing financial problems. The organization is asking members to help pay for their lawyers. A website set up to take donations pleads, “Please give as generously as you can, and help win this life-or-death legal battle for the survival of the N.R.A. and freedom.”
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