Rumors of financial troubles for the National Rifle Association have abounded over the course of the last year. The organization set up a donation website, asking, “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.”
It seems that the money issues are even worse than outsiders may have realized. According to a new report, the NRA is paying lawyers $100,000 each day to fight the multitude of lawsuits the organization faces.
The leaked supporting documents come from former NRA President, Oliver North. In one memo, “North wrote that the NRA was being billed nearly $100,000 a day. North then pleaded for an audit of their payments to outside attorney Bill Brewer.”
North had a tumultuous tenure as the head of the NRA and often clashed with Chief Executive, Wayne LaPierre. LaPierre came out ahead in the power struggle and North stepped down from his position in late April.
The new president of the organization, Carolyn Meadows, was quick to go on the offensive against her predecessor. She said of North, “It is troubling and a bit pathetic that some people would resort to leaking information to advance their agendas.”
Legal fees and financial troubles are just one of the problems facing the NRA. This week, Congressman Brad Schneider asked the IRS to investigate the organization’s tax exempt status. The loss of that status could imperil the future financial health of the NRA. The group is also facing criticism over its connection with convicted Russian agent, Maria Butina.