Gun Control Group Alleges Campaign Finance Violations in Lawsuit Against NRA

Gun control group Giffords filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Tuesday, alleging that the advocacy group violated campaign finance laws by illegally contributing tens of millions of dollars to the Republican Senate and candidates. presidential.

the lawsuit – filed by the Campaign Legal Center, the independent campaign finance watchdog on behalf of Giffords, alleges that the NRA funneled up to $ 35 million in illicit contributions to Republican candidates through a series of shell corporations.

The group, which was founded by former Representative Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), Alleges that the NRA made illegal contributions to candidates who stood for election in 2014, 2016, and 2018, in addition to former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe, Youngkin hold final campaign rallies ahead of tight Virginia gubernatorial race Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted overnight Defense and National Security: The Sub-Deal Showdown intensifies MORE2016 offer.

“Over the past seven years, the National Rifle Association has engaged in an ongoing scheme to evade campaign finance regulations by using a series of shell corporations to illegally but surreptitiously coordinate advertising with at least seven candidates. for federal charges, “says the complaint.

The lawsuit specifically alleges that the consulting firm hired by the NRA to create its ads, named Starboard, was “functionally indistinguishable” from the consulting firm OnMessage, which joined the now Sen campaigns. Josh hawleyJoshua (Josh) David Hawley Senate Panel Advances Biden’s Choice to Lead Justice Department Antitrust Unit McConnell Endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Flake Senate Race, Cindy McCain Among Latest Biden Ambassadors Confirmed After a delay MORE (R-Mo.) And Matt Rosendale (R), who ran for Senate in Montana.

Giffords named a number of other campaigns on request: Sen. Thom tillisThomas (Thom) Roland Tillis Photos of the Week: Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade, California Floods, and Tiger Cubs Dog Trick or Treat: Legislators Host Annual Halloween Puppy Party After 35 Years, Congress Should finally end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine MORE‘(RN.C.) 2014 Campaign, Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonCotton tells Garland: ‘Thank God you’re not on the Supreme Court.’ It’s time for Fauci to go, but don’t expect it to happen. Is the Navy totally at sea? PLUS‘s (R-Ark.) 2014 campaign, the former senator. Cory GardnerCory Gardner Colorado Supreme Court Approves New Map of Congress Colorado Reallocation Plan Creates New Competitive District Protecting the Outdoors: Three Cheers for America’s Best Idea MORE‘s (R-Colo.) 2014 campaign, Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson A pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics Senator Ron Johnson expects a Democratic ‘stalemate’ on the reconciliation package Republicans’ mantra should have been ‘Stop the spread’ MORE2016 campaign of (R-Wisc.) and 2016 campaign of Trump.

The two firms then hired Red Eagle Media and American Media & Advocacy to handle ad placement and strategy, the lawsuit claims. The 2016 Trump campaign also recruited American Media & Advocacy Group.

According to the complaint, cited by PoliticalSeveral consulting firm employees alternated between the Trump campaign and the NRA, running ads for both, in the run-up to the 2016 election.

“Together, the Starboard and National Media schemes represent a continuous and ongoing pattern in the practice of” NRA subsidiaries “to illegally coordinate advertising spending with candidates for federal office through a common vendor and protect their illegal acts by federal regulators through the use of shell corporations, ”the complaint says, according to Politico.

Giffords argues that the alleged plot allowed the NRA “to evade federal contribution limits and protect millions of dollars of political spending from public scrutiny in violation” of federal campaign finance regulations.

Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA’s managing director of public affairs, told The Hill in a statement that Giffords’ lawsuit against the agency is “wrong because it is transparent.”

“Another willful abuse of the public by our adversaries, who will stop at nothing in pursuit of their anti-freedom agenda,” Arulanandam said.

“This last action is as wrong as it is transparent. Suffice it to say that the NRA has full confidence in its political activities and remains eager to set the record straight, ”he added.

Giffords filed a series of complaints in 2018 claiming to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that the NRA was participating in an illicit plot that violated federal election laws.

The gun control group later filed a lawsuit against the FEC when it did not respond to complaints.

The United States District Court in Washington issued an order on September 30 directing the FEC to respond to complaints within 30 days. After the commission failed to act and the time expired, the court determined that the gun control group was allowed to file a lawsuit against the NRA for violating campaign finance law.

The lawsuit now seeks an order that would prevent the NRA from breaking the law in future elections, in addition to a fine paid to the US treasury that is equal to the amount of money that was illegally contributed.

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