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The NRA admits that it gets foreign funds, but gets ... fuzzy on how it funds elections

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In 2016, the NRA saw an unexplained $29 million increase in their revenues over 2015. That year they put $30 million behind Donald Trump, the single largest contributor to his campaign. And that was only part of the $55 million the organization spent on all politician campaigns that year.

With numerous reports of connections between the NRA and Russia, and the NRA hiding behind its status as a “nonprofit” to hide the details of its funding sources, there has been a great deal of speculation that the NRA acted as a straight pipeline from Russian oligarchs into the campaigns of Trump and other Republicans. And an effort from the NRA to address this question definitely does not remove that possibility.

The National Rifle Association acknowledged that it accepts foreign donations but says it does not use them for election work — even as federal investigators look into the role the NRA might have played in Russia's attack on the 2016 election.

Actually, that’s not what the NRA said. Here’s what the NRA said.

"While we do receive some contributions from foreign individuals and entities, those contributions are made directly to the NRA for lawful purposes," NRA's General Counsel John C. Frazer wrote to Wyden in a letter obtained by NPR. "Our review of our records has found no foreign donations in connection with a United States election, either directly or through a conduit."

Notice that the NRA does not say they didn’t apply foreign funds to American campaigns. They said that “contributions are made directly to the NRA for lawful purpose” and that no foreign donations were made “in connection with” a US election. That says something about the official reason that donations came in.

It says nothing about how the NRA spent that money.

Even if the NRA is taking in millions in foreign funds, applying those to its general use, then dipping into its coffers to distribute funds that it claims came from American sources, that doesn’t exactly make it free from the charge of using foreign funds to pay for American elections. After all ...


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Saving this for the next time a Republican argues that it doesn't matter what Planned Parenthood uses its govt. funding for because $$$ are fungible. https://twitter.com/timkmak/status/978651276069232640

10:58 AM - Mar 27, 2018


Actually, Planned Parenthood goes to great lengths to never co-mingle funds, exactly so that it can’t be accused of simply shuffling any funds that come from the government to pay for abortions. But the NRA won’t say that it is making any such provisions. In fact, they’re making it clear that they don’t keep these funds separate.

While the NRA claims it does not receive foreign money for election purposes, the movement of its money among accounts could make it difficult, if not impossible, to track how the money is spent since it is not isolated or sequestered.

The limited responses from the NRA were made in response to a demand by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, who asked the NRA:

"Can you categorically state that your organizations have never, wittingly or unwittingly, received any contributions from individuals or entities acting as conduits for foreign entities or interests?"

What Wyden got back was the “lawful purposes” and “in connection with” statement. In other words: No, no the NRA will not make such a categorical statement.

And in fact, the NRA made exactly the opposite statement:

The NRA has a variety of accounts, and the NRA Political Victory Fund is its official political action committee and must report all of its spending to the Federal Election Commission.

It also has other accounts that require less transparency and do not report spending to the FEC — and in those funds, the NRA told Wyden, the group receives "funds from foreign persons only for purposes not connected to elections, as permitted by federal law."


However, the NRA acknowledges that money moves among those accounts: "Transfers between accounts are made as permitted by law," the NRA's general counsel wrote.

Which sounds very, very much like an absolute admission that the NRA takes in foreign money to one of its “lawful purposes” funds, then bumps dollars from that fund to it’s “Victory” fund.

Wyden did not ask how much the NRA receives in rubles.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/3/27/1752532/-The-NRA-admits-that-it-gets-foreign-funds-but-gets-fuzzy-on-how-it-funds-elections?detail=emaildkre


Why does the "National" Rifle Association accept foreign donations?



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BFD. They accept money because they have an agenda - that's why they exist. Same as the Clinton Foundation.....

If the NRA disappeared today it wouldn't bother me a bit but it's ridiculous to keep up with all this BS on the "news" of the hour about Russia....

Of course they interfered with our election just like the U.S. has been doing around the world for decades. If the U.S. wants to whine about it then the U.S. gov't needs to stop doing it too.

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I guess now that you have your concealed weapon, the NRA serves no purpose for you? I call BS. The very fact that a person on this forum is making a no big deal about foreign nationals pouring money into organizations that fund political campaigns says more about that individual than whether they like the NRA, it is disdain for election laws. Where did the Clinton Foundation fund American campaigns. Mr. false equivalency strikes again, but at least he has his itty bitty concealed weapon to put everything in proportion.

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2seaoat wrote:I guess now that you have your concealed weapon, the NRA serves no purpose for you? I call BS.  The very fact that a person on this forum is making a no big deal about foreign nationals pouring money into organizations that fund political campaigns says more about that individual than whether they like the NRA, it is disdain for election laws.  Where did the Clinton Foundation fund American campaigns.  Mr. false equivalency strikes again, but at least he has his itty bitty concealed weapon to put everything in proportion.

No Mr Itty Bitty Brain, the NRA has nothing to do with a CWP in Florida. The NRA is a pain in the ass organization - sort of like the AARP. Constant barrages of whiny donation requests. You can have them and being the hypocrite you are probably belong to both groups.

BTW, learn to comprehend what you read before puking long opinions that mean nothing relative to the real meaning of a post you are failing miserably to comment about. Try real hard.....

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BTW, learn to comprehend what you read before puking long opinions that mean nothing relative to the real meaning of a post you are failing miserably to comment about. Try real hard.....


I guess I must be anxious.....I do not have an itty bitty gun.

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Guess the NRA taking Russian money should put to rest all that stuff about foreign governments fearing our armed populace, at least. That's gonna be a blow to all those militia stumphumpers who think they're "pertecktin' liberty" or whatever.

Really, Russia wants our stupidest people to have plenty of guns, because they kill off other Americans with 'em. When your enemy's drowning, toss 'em an anvil.

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Really, Russia wants our stupidest people to have plenty of guns, because they kill off other Americans with 'em. When your enemy's drowning, toss 'em an anvil.


I think it is simpler than that......they want to ferment political chaos and revolution.  They infiltrated the war on Viet Nam protests, not because they thought the war was unjust, but because of the political chaos of those days when this country was divided against itself.   I think the country is more divided today than we have been in 150 years.  The Russians have imperial goals and no country which was part of the old soviet block is going to be safe from their political intrusions.  The only thing which stops their reestablishing the soviet union is Nato and America, and both of those have been weakened by the arrival of the Russian agent President Trump.  The NRA if proven to have violated election laws should have their top executives spend time in jail.  There was a very good reason our founding fathers feared foreign interference in our democracy........the experiment in the same will always be a target for tyrants.

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