The disruptive National Rifle Association has been sued for $ 35 million in illegal campaign contributions to Trump and Senate Republicans.
The NRA has spent tens of millions of dollars in illegal contributions to Trump and the Republicans of the Senate
The Campaign Legal Center provided the details of the lawsuit in a statement to PoliticusUSA:
Today Giffords filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against the NRA for violations of campaign financing laws dating back to 2014. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Giffords by Campaign Legal Center Action, alleges the NRA was involved in a broad pattern of activities that violated the Federal Election Campaign Act. Since 2014, the NRA has made as much as $ 35 million in illegal, excessive, and unreported in-nature campaign contributions to seven federal candidates, including candidates for the U.S. Senate in 2014, 2016 and 2018, and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The lawsuit seeks several forms of relief, including an order preventing the NRA from violating the law in future elections, and a fine equal to the amount of money illegally spent that the NRA would pay to the U.S. Treasury – potentially as much as $ 35 million.
The races at the heart of the lawsuit include the following (with the candidate receiving the NRA’s support bold):
2014: Thom Tillis in the North Carolina Senate race (against Kay Hagan); Tom Cotton in the race for the Senate in Arkansas (against Mark Pryor); Cory Gardner in the race for the Senate in Colorado (against Mark Udall)
2016: Ron Johnson in the race for the Senate in Wisconsin (against Russ Feingold); Donald Trump in the presidential race (against Hillary Clinton)
2018: Josh Hawley in the race for the Senate in Missouri (against Claire McCaskill); Matt Rosendale in the race for the Senate in Montana (against Jon Tester)
The NRA has been under investigation for years for investigating illegal contributions to Republicans
The Giffords in the lawsuit is the Giffords Law Center To Prevent Gun Violence filed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords is managed.
The FEC has been on its hands for years as the NRA blatantly violated campaign finance laws. The arms manufacturer’s lobby provided illegal donations to Republicans and was investigated for the laundering of illegal foreign dollars in Republican campaigns and Russian provides access to Republicans.
The NRA has been an important part of the Republican dirty money machine for decades, and the lawsuit could be another historic step to close the corrupt Second Amendment.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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