Schumer wants NRA investigated for bankruptcy fraud

NEW YORK (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday called on the Justice Department to investigate the National Rifle Association for bankruptcy fraud, saying the gun rights group at Financially stable fire had abused the system when he filed for bankruptcy protection following a new York lawsuit seeking to bankrupt her.

A judge dismissed the NRA’s bankruptcy case in May, finding that the non-profit organization had not acted in good faith. NRA leaders have made it clear that the organization is “in its strongest financial position in years” and is seeking bankruptcy protection so that it can change its state of incorporation from New York to Texas, favorable. to firearms.

Schumer, DN.Y., said the NRA’s heavy spending on advertising criticizing the proposed gun control measures and the appointment of gun control lobbyist David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives is further proof that his bankruptcy filing was inspired by legal, not financial, concerns.

“They recently told the judicial branch of government that they were bankrupt after Tish James’ trial, and at the same time they say they are bankrupt, they are spending millions of dollars on advertising to stop universal checks. a track record, “says Schumer. “This requires an investigation by the Department of Justice. ”

The NRA said it was working on a statement. The Justice Department did not immediately comment on Schumer’s request.

The organization filed for bankruptcy in January, months after New York Attorney General Letitia James sued the NRA, calling for its dissolution over allegations that senior executives illegally embezzled tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal travel, no-show contracts for associates and other dubious expenses. This trial is ongoing.

Dismissing the NRA bankruptcy case, Judge Harlin Hale wrote that it looked “less like a traditional bankruptcy case in which a debtor faces financial hardship or a judgment he cannot satisfy. and more to cases in which the courts have declared bankruptcy has been filed to gain an unfair advantage in litigation or to avoid a regulatory scheme. “

Schumer, speaking to reporters on Sunday, pointed to a $ 2 million publicity blitz announced by the NRA in April, aimed at tackling gun control proposals, while the bankruptcy case was still pending. instance.. The organization said it places ads on television and digital platforms, sends letters and holds public meetings in at least 12 states.

In West Virginia, Schumer said, the organization spent $ 250,000 on television ads encouraging people to call Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and tell him to reject Chipman’s confirmation.

“How can you say you’re bankrupt at the same time you have millions of dollars to spend on ads all over the country trying to prevent universal fundraising background checks and other things that will stop the killings in the streets, ”Schumer said.

“In the end, the NRA shot itself in the foot when it filed for bankruptcy and still has millions of dollars,” he said.

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