It seems that commercial airline tickets are beneath senior execs at the National Rifle Association. Yep, instead of buying coach seats, the NRA spent over $1.2 million on private jets in 2022.
This in a time when the NRA apparently can’t even finance a lawsuit to challenge Illinois’ Firearms Ban Act, so they have to have the NSSF pay most of the freight to hire former US Solicitor General Paul Clement.
$1.2M would probably finance at least five major lawsuits across this nation where they are needed most. But instead, Wayne LaPierre and his cronies spend that money on private jets so they don’t have to go through security and sit next to Sally from Des Moines with her infant child on her lap.
Despite slashing core expenses in recent years to account for falling membership and rising legal fees, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has continued to shell out big bucks for luxury air travel.
According to a purchasing policy disclosure report obtained by The Reload, the NRA spent more than $1.2 million with private jet companies in 2022 alone. The report—which details more than $50 million in spending on vendors with which the organization does not have a contract—documents approximately $750,000 in spending to a company called Magellan Jets LLC and another $517,000 to Corporate America Aviation Inc.
The purchasing policy disclosure arrives at the same time as financial documents detailing the group’s continued freefall in membership numbers and year-end revenue. Those have both steadily declined year-over-year since 2018, down from nearly 5.5 million members to just 4.3 million. Revenue plummeted by more than $100 million over the same timeframe.
As a result, the group has been continuously cutting spending on education and training, competitive shooting, and other programs at the core of its mission. The NRA spent roughly $28 million less than what was budgeted for all areas other than legal costs and publications, yet it still operated at a loss of around $11 million in 2022—calling into question the decision to continue spending large sums on premium air travel.
There’s a lot more at The Reload.
Meanwhile, the blog “NRA in Danger” reports on much of the stuff that Wayne and his friends would rather keep quiet. Including a story from this past week where one former NRA board member estimated that the NRA has lost one BILLION to corruption expenses – primarily legal bills and lost donations.
He estimates that the corruption has cost NRA nearly a billion (yes, with a b) dollars in lost revenue and legal costs to date, and gives the basis for that calculation. He feels that 2023 will show a net loss of $25-60 million, and that the organization has probably reached a point where it is too late to save it, financially speaking. That will be LaPierre’s, and the board’s, legacy to the members and to the Second Amendment.