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Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have asked the Justice Department and IRS to investigate the National Rifle Association.
Reps. Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Jamie Raskin of Maryland wrote on Wednesday as leaders of subcommittees on civil rights and civil liberties and on government investigations to implore the Trump administration to investigate allegations of financial fraud at the NRA.
“Public reporting of self-dealing, private inurement of earnings, and possible financial fraud on the part of the NRA and its senior leadership represent serious allegations that demand an independent allegation by the IRS,” Mr. Connolly and Mr. Raskin wrote to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig.
The House Democrats pointed to news reports and NRA tax filings to suggest that nearly a quarter of the NRA’s 76-member board had received payments from a 501(c)(4) organization the board members had oversight over, which the Democrats note is prohibited by the Internal Revenue Code.
“The IRC expressly prohibits excess benefit transactions (transactions exceeding fair market value) between social welfare organizations and disqualified persons, such as board members,” Mr. Connolly and Mr. Raskin wrote to the Justice Department. “If these transactions exceeded fair market value and were not reported by the organization or the involved board members on an IRS Form 4720, they appear to threaten the tax-exempt status of the NRA.”
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Once again, the party that lost in 2016 seeks to weaponise our Federal Government.
At what point does any investigation into the NRA turn up information that leads to investigations into and tax audits of the membership? How would the NRA losing tax exempt status (the goal of this investigation, in my opinion) affect the association and its members?
Capitol Hill Democrats are currently pushing to expand their Presidential impeachment inquiry to include anything that any investigator deems important, even if outside of the original scope of the inquiry. There is no reason to believe an investigation into the NRA will not expand. The repeated, egregious abuses of power being exhibited by our current US House of Representatives ought disabuse anybody of the idea that desperate digs do not get innocent people dirty.
Are we going to allow the Federal institutions we support with our tax dollars to be used as instruments to effect our own downfall?
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Washington, DC 20515
51 Monroe St, Suite 503
Rockville, MD 20850
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