NEW YORK (77 WABC) — New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit seeking the disbanding the National Rifle Association, the largest pro-gun organization.
The suit announced Thursday charges the NRA as a whole and four individuals: Wayne LaPierre, the Executive Vice President; former treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Wilson “Woody” Phillips; former chief of staff and Executive Director of General Operations Joshua Powell; and corporate secretary and General Counsel John Frazer.
They are charged with mismanaging the gun organization by allegedly siphoning away millions of dollars from their charitable mission for personal use by senior leadership.
The lawsuit claims they awarded contracts to the financial gain of close associates and family, appearing to dole out lucrative no-show contracts to former employees in order to buy their silence and continued loyalty.
“These individuals in the NRA are charged with failing to manage the NRA’s funds and failing to follow numerous state and federal laws, which contributed to the loss of more than $64 million in just three years.” James said.
She said the NRA has been powerful for decades and that why it went unchecked.
“The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law,” she contended.