The lawsuit she filed Tuesday arms control the Giffords advocacy group argues that National Shooting Association used a network of virtual companies to transfer millions of dollars to the former president Donald Trump and others Republicans.
“Over the past seven years, the National Shooting Association has been involved in a permanent plan to circumvent campaign finance regulations using a series of sham corporations for illegal but covert coordination of advertising with at least seven candidates for federal office,” the complaint said.
Campaign Legal Center, Campaign Finance Supervisor, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Giffords at the U.S. District Court for Columbia County. Giffords, a non-profit group, was founded by former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in the head in 2011 at a meeting with voters in a shooting in which 13 people died.
“Through this scheme, two NRA affiliates made up to $ 35 million in illegal, excessive, and unreported contributions to the 2014, 2016, and 2018 elections, including up to $ 25 million for Trump’s 2016 campaign,” the lawsuit states. “These coordinated contributions violate restrictions on the contributions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (” FECA “), the ban on corporate contributions, and disclosure requirements.”
The lawmakers named in the lawsuit, who are accused of receiving campaign money from an alleged gun group plan, are Republican Senator Josh Hawley (Mo.), Thom Tillis (NC), Ron Johnson (Wis.) And Tom Cotton (Ark). as well as representative Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) and former Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).
The lawsuit allegedly paid the NRA as much as $ 35 million for the alleged scheme. V statement for Reuters, the NRA called the lawsuit “erroneous” and “another deliberate abuse of the public by our opponents.”
The NRA is already facing a number of threats to its financial existence. In a lawsuit filed earlier this year, New York Attorney General Letitia James said the NRA lost more than $ 64 million in three years after an 18-month investigation revealed that top executives had contracted with friends and family and used charitable funds for their own personal belongings. uses.
James is now working to abolish nonprofit group status, Washington, DC, and Attorney General Karl Racine has argued that the NRA has illegally diverted donor money to fund firearms security and training. These funds are supposed to “direct the NRA and its executives to support wasteful spending,” Racine said.
A group of guns tried to escape James’ civil lawsuit earlier this year by filing for bankruptcy in Texas. In May, federal Judge Harlin Hale rejected the group’s bankruptcy plan, saying the petition “was not filed in good faith.”
“The Court finds in all circumstances that the NRA’s bankruptcy petition was not filed in good faith, but was made in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the context of NYAG enforcement and as an effort to circumvent the regulatory scheme,” Hale wrote in his judgment.