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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Schneider Demands Answers from Ackerman McQueen on Allegations of NRA Wrongdoing

August 21, 2019
Press Release
Follows previous request of documents from NRA and urging of IRS to investigate whether NRA’s self-dealing invalidates organization’s tax exempt status

Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), a member of the Democratic majority on the House Ways & Means Committee, requested the National Rifle Association’s (NRA’s) long-time public-relations firm Ackerman McQueen turn over documentation needed to determine if the organization’s tax-exempt status should be revoked.

 

In a letter to CEO Revan McQueen, Schneider requests the firm make public documents on seven topics including purchase of clothing or travel expenses, gifts, benefits, or other tangible items of value for NRA leadership, as well as information related to the contemplated purchase of a multi-million dollar home in Dallas suburbs for NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre. The letter also seeks information regarding Ackerman McQueen’s financial relationship with former NRA board member Lt. Col. Oliver North, as well as answers on the firm’s invoicing practices to the NRA.

 

“It is an almost daily occurrence that shocking new allegations come to light of egregious wrongdoing by senior leadership at the NRA,” said Schneider. “The news reports paint a convincing picture of an organization abusing its tax-exempt status to enrich its corrupt leadership, and we need to get to the bottom of it. Our laws apply to all organizations, regardless of their political power and influence. I will continue to raise these concerns and urge the IRS to investigate the NRA’s tax-exempt status.”

 

Schneider previously requested documents from the National Rifle Association (NRA) related to allegations of wrongdoing in a June 2019 letter to LaPierre.

 

Previously in May 2019, Schneider urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the tax-exempt status of the NRA in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig.


In addition, Schneider questioned the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George on this topic at a hearing of the Ways and Means Committee. When presented with hypothetical situations mirroring the allegations against the NRA, George called them “concerning,” saying they would “raise questions” and warrant further investigation.

 

A copy of the letter is available online.