The attorney general for Washington, DC has issued subpoenas for the National Rifle Association and its charitable foundation. The gun rights organization is in the sights of nonprofit regulators, and under fire separately for connections to convicted Russian military intelligence agent Maria Butina — not to mention the NRA's own internal power struggles, interpersonal petty drama, and financial ruin.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine issues subpoenas to the NRA and its charitable foundation, the latest example of him using nonprofit laws to take on high-profile targets (see: Catholic Church, Trump's inaugural committee) https://t.co/DbG6pOD8V9
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The Washington Post was first to report the subpoena news on Friday:
The office of Attorney General Karl A. Racine is seeking financial documents from the NRA and its foundation. The NRA Foundation is chartered in the District and the NRA is registered as a nonprofit and does business there.
"The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia has issued subpoenas to the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and the NRA Foundation, Inc., as part of an investigation into whether these entities violated the District's Nonprofit Act," Racine said in a statement.
He continued: "We are seeking documents from these two nonprofits detailing, among other things, their financial records, payments to vendors, and payments to officers and directors."
The NRA did not immediately return a request for comment.
Racine's office has jurisdiction over nonprofits and can bring an organization to court to dissolve or place into receivership a nonprofit that misuses funds or does not act in accord with its stated mission.
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D.C. attorney general issues subpoenas to NRA, its charitable foundation [Carol D Leonnig, Keith L. Alexander, Katie Zezima]
— Katie Zezima (@katiezez) July 12, 2019
Racine's office can bring nonprofit organizations to court to dissolve or place a nonprofit into receivership if it misuses funds or does not act in accord with its mission. The @NRA's nonprofit status is also being investigated by the New York attorney general.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 12, 2019