The NRA this past weekend promoted two top directors who have a history of making vile racist comments, spreading conspiracy theories, and enabling years of alleged fraud and wrongdoing by embattled leader Wayne LaPierre—who, among other things, has been accused of spending NRA funds on private jets for himself and his family, accepting free African safaris and yacht vacations without reporting them, and handing out no-show contracts to confidants.
At the same time LaPierre was handed a new term, attorney Charles Cotton and Willes Lee, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, were elevated to president and first vice-president of the struggling gun-rights organization.
“The NRA’s decision to re-elect Wayne LaPierre and other top leaders yesterday despite the detailed evidence of repeated fraud and self-dealing we have laid out in our lawsuit and during the bankruptcy trial underscores that board governance is broken and that the rot runs deep at the NRA,” New York State Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement following the announcement. “For years, Mr. LaPierre and his lieutenants used the NRA and its donors as a breeding ground for personal gain and to live a lavish lifestyle, which is why they must be removed. Our fight for transparency and accountability will continue because no one is above the law.”