The National Rifle Association has for decades been one of the most powerful lobby groups in the US, fending off attempts to rein in gun laws through the strength of its millions of members.
But even as it tallied successes in recent years, cracks have emerged as members and powerful donors shared concerns about its spending, management and the widening gap between leadership and the rank-and-file.
New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, gave ground to those concerns in a civil lawsuit filed on Thursday that alleges “brazen illegality” in the NRA and seeks to dissolve the organization.
The 168-page lawsuit outlines the workings of an organization in which, allegedly, dissent was not tolerated, spending was not disclosed or approved through the proper channels, and oversight was negligent.
The NRA announced it was counter-suing the attorney general’s office on Thursday and said the lawsuit was a politicized attack on the organization.
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