The worst news for the NRA, however, may be a new lawsuit filed against the Federal Exchange Commission. The FEC is being sued by nonprofit group, Giffords, for failing to uphold financial laws allegedly broken by the NRA.
The lawsuit reads in part:
“Plaintiff’s complaints demonstrate that the National Rifle Association (“NRA”) violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by using a complex network of shell corporations to unlawfully coordinate expenditures with the campaigns of at least seven candidates for federal office, thereby making millions of dollars of illegal, unreported, and excessive in-kind contributions, including up to $25 million in illegal contributions to now President Donald J. Trump.”
Just in: Giffords (the nonprofit started by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords) is suing the FEC to act on administrative complaints accusing the NRA of numerous campaign finance violations, incl. illegal contributions to Trump's presidential campaign https://t.co/HUzjYrzkCI pic.twitter.com/QeIa5RXRKL
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The lawsuit continues, “The illegal contributions to the Trump campaign alone are up to 9,259 times the limit set by Congress. Yet the Commission has taken no action on Plaintiff’s complaints.”
The president is not the only politician involved in the suit. Republicans, Thom Tillis (NC), Cory Gardner (CO), Tom Cotton (AR), Ron Johnson (R) and Josh Hawley (MO) and unsuccessful candidate, Matt Rosendale (MT) are also named.
The action argues:
“Taken together, these facts demonstrate an elaborate scheme for the NRA to unlawfully coordinate with the candidates it supports for federal office, including Donald J. Trump, Thom Tillis, Cory Gardner, Tom Cotton, Ron Johnson, Matt Rosendale, and Josh Hawley, while evading detection of its violations of federal law concerning the coordination of advertising communications through common vendors.”
The White House has yet to comment on the matter.
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