Schneider Releases Report Detailing NRA’s Self-Dealing, Abuse of Tax-Exempt Status

February 6, 2020
Press Release

Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, released a report detailing self-dealing, corruption, and other actions by the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) that should jeopardize the organization’s tax-exempt status.

The report details a pattern of egregious spending by NRA leadership, extensive self-dealing and conflicts of interest, and pervasive efforts to evade transparency and campaign finance law.

The report, titled “Cheating the American Taxpayer: NRA’s Record of Self-Dealing, Corruption and Abuse of its Tax-Exempt Status,” also details Congressman Schneider’s efforts to hold the NRA accountable. In the past year, Schneider has sought documents from the NRA and its vendors relevant to the allegations, questioned experts on tax-exempt law who confirmed the seriousness of the allegations, and repeatedly called on the IRS to act.

“The NRA was established to be a social welfare organization, but recent reporting has revealed an organization seeking the private enrichment of its leadership with single-minded focus,” said Schneider. “The organization’s tax-exempt status means that American taxpayers are effectively subsidizing the NRA’s corrupt scheme. This is unfair to the thousands of law-abiding non-profit organizations as well as all hardworking taxpayers. My hope is that this report will further motivate the IRS to conduct the needed oversight to end this blatant abuse of our tax-exempt system.”

The full report is available on Schneider’s website.