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Leaked Documents Add to Drama at NRA

They detail large spending on clothes and travel by chief exec Wayne LaPierre
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2019 3:35 PM CDT
Updated May 12, 2019 4:29 PM CDT
Nation Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks at the NRA Annual Meeting of Members in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 27, 2019.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(Newser) – The leadership drama at the NRA just got worse with leaked documents. Among other things, they detail large expenditures on clothing and travel by chief executive Wayne LaPierre, reports the Wall Street Journal. For instance, $39,000 for a single day of shopping at a clothing shop in Beverly Hills, $18,300 for a vehicle and driver during a trip to Europe, and bills for ritzy hotels on that same visit. In all, the documents detail $542,000 in expenditures that LaPierre billed to PR agency Ackerman McQueen, which in turn billed to the NRA. The group's president, Carolyn Meadows, said the NRA has "full confidence" in LaPierre and said "it is troubling and pathetic that some people would resort to leaking information to advance their agendas.” The documents show that Ackerman McQueen—which was recently sued by the NRA—questioned some of the spending.

“We need to address your wardrobe you required us to provide, specifically purchases at the Zegna store in Beverly Hills, CA,” per one leaked letter, which tallied more than $274,000 in such bills from 2004 to 2017. The leak also includes letters written by recently ousted President Oliver North complaining of huge expenditures to outside attorney Bill Brewer—$24 million last year alone, reports the Daily Beast. “The Brewer invoices are draining NRA cash at mindboggling speed,” wrote North and another NRA official to the board, and they “pose an existential threat to the financial stability of the NRA." North lost his position after LaPierre accused North of trying to pressure him into quitting over financial issues. (Meanwhile, New York state has opened its own investigation into the group's finances.)

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