Senate Dems request NRA documents related to alleged financial wrongdoing

Senate Dems request NRA documents related to alleged financial wrongdoing
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Sens. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezHillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website Democratic senators press Google over privacy of coronavirus screening site Menendez calls for 'Marie Yovanovitch bill' to protect foreign service employees MORE (D-N.J.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Overnight Energy: Coronavirus package punts on environmental fights | Court sides with tribes in Dakota Access Pipeline case | Trump officials walk away from ethanol court fight Coronavirus package punts on environmental fights MORE (D-R.I.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Democrats say more unemployment benefits needed in wake of record unemployment claims Democrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout MORE (D-Ore.) on Friday requested documents related to allegations of "financial impropriety" made by former National Rifle Association (NRA) President Oliver NorthOliver Laurence NorthFiling shows pay for top NRA officials surges as key program spending declined: report Five landmark moments of testimony to Congress New York sues NRA's former ad agency over subpoena MORE

They sent letters requesting memos, audits, letters and other materials to North, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and CEO Revan McQueen of the PR firm Ackerman McQueen. They asked for the documents by May 16.

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They specifically requested a copy of a letter LaPierre submitted to the NRA's board of directors, a memo sent by North to the NRA's executive committee and investigations conducted by or for the "NRA Crisis Management Committee," among other documents. 

An attorney for the NRA told The Hill in a statement that it would cooperate with information requests and that it did not form the "Crisis Management Committee." 

“The Association will cooperate with all appropriate information requests,” said William A. Brewer III, counsel to the NRA. “The NRA has full confidence in its accounting practices and commitment to good governance. The board of directors did not form a so-called Crisis Management Committee, as the matters in question fall under the jurisdiction of current NRA board committees. The issues raised by Col. North were, for the most part, vetted and approved after review and investigation by the NRA last year.”

Ackerman McQueen did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill.  

The request comes at a moment of internal strife for the NRA. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported on a leadership struggle between LaPierre and North over alleged financial improprieties, which culminated in North leaving the gun rights group

LaPierre in a letter to the organization's board claimed that North was trying to extort him to force him out of the group. 

North had previously sent a separate letter to the board detailing alleged financial wrongdoing related to more than $200,000 of wardrobe purchases by LaPierre that were charged to a vendor, according to the Journal. 

New York's attorney general is also probing the group's tax exempt status.  

Updated at 11:33 p.m.