The NRA Received Donations From Russian Nationals

The group received about $2,512 from people with Russian addresses since 2015.
By Polly Mosendz
‎April‎ ‎11‎, ‎2018‎ ‎1‎:‎51‎ ‎PM‎ ‎EDT Updated on ‎April‎ ‎11‎, ‎2018‎ ‎3‎:‎09‎ ‎PM‎ ‎EDT
The National Rifle Association received donations from about two dozen individuals with Russian addresses, an attorney for the firearms lobby said in a letter dated April 10. The letter was released by Senator Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee.  The organization received about $2,512 from those with Russian addresses between 2015 and April 2018, the NRA said in the letter. Some of those addresses may be linked to American citizens living in Russia, it said. Of the $2,512, “about $525 was from two individuals who made contributions to the NRA,” the letter, signed by NRA general counsel John C. Frazer, said. “The rest consisted of routine payments from about 23 individuals for membership dues and additional magazine subscriptions.” It’s unclear whether the two contributors are counted among the 23 individuals.  Wyden, of Oregon, has been exchanging letters with the NRA for the last few weeks. He has previously written to the NRA to ask about its fundraising efforts, specifically related to Russia.
U.S. authorities are reportedly investigating if the group funneled Russian funds into the 2016 presidential election. The NRA spent more than $50 million on political campaigns in 2016, including $30 million to support Donald Trump for president, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.  On March 27, Wyden requested additional information about the group’s campaigning, communications and funding. The senator also sought more information about Alexander Torshin, a Russian lawmaker and ally of President Vladimir Putin. Torshin has paid dues to the NRA as a member, the April 10 letter stated, “but has not made any contributions, and is therefore not a member of any major donor program.” The NRA is reviewing its “responsibilities with respect to him” because Torshin was placed on a U.S. list of sanctioned individuals on April 6.
According to a Wyden aide, the senator plans to refer his correspondence with the NRA to the Federal Election Commission.
Frazer, the NRA attorney, said the group wouldn’t respond to any more Wyden requests, citing their “extraordinarily time-consuming and burdensome nature.”

 

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Dear National Rifle Association: We Won’t Let You Win. From, Teenagers.

By DARCY SCHLEIFSTEIN, ZACHARY DOUGHERTY and SARAH EMILY BAUMMARCH 13, 2018
The killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida may be the massacre that finally gets federal and state governments to enact common-sense gun control laws. That should have happened after Columbine. It should have happened after Virginia Tech. It should have happened after Sandy Hook. But it didn’t.
The Stoneman Douglas shooting is where our generation draws a line. Our parents and grandparents did not succeed in ensuring our safety at school. So we must do it ourselves.
We are Generation Z, the generation after millennials. We outnumber them by nearly one million and may be the largest cohort of future American spenders since the baby boomers. We have more than $30 billion in spending power and wield enormous influence in family spending. Our spending power will only increase as we begin to earn our own wages.
We will flex our muscles at the ballot box, too. Many high school seniors will cast their first ballots this November, and in 2020, a majority of today’s high school students will most likely be able to vote in their first presidential election. And we will not forget the elected officials who turned their backs on their duty to protect children.
Let us remind politicians like Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell who accept donations from the National Rifle Association and oppose efforts to restrict gun purchases that we are the future leaders and voters of this country. Let us remind corporations like FedEx that provide discounts to N.R.A. members that we are their future customers.
The Stoneman Douglas students who began speaking out after the killings last month have better articulated the need for common-sense gun control laws and school safety than our elders ever have. But those students cannot do it alone. We as a generation must band together behind them, just as Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and others stood behind George Washington and fought to create this great country.

We applaud many of the elected officials who have said they will work to reduce gun violence in their states. We hope Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, our home state, will work with us and other advocates to do the same. We also support companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Avis Budget Group, Hertz, Delta, United and Walmart, which have stood behind the principles of the March for Our Lives movement and either cut ties with the N.R.A. or changed their policies on firearms sales.
On March 24, hundreds of thousands of children and teenagers nationwide will participate in March for Our Lives. We are among the 19 students helping organize New Jersey’s march, which will take place in Newark, a city with far too much gun violence. We implore students, their parents, teachers, school administrators, religious leaders, corporate executives and elected officials across the country to join any march, no matter where they are, and fight to make our schools safe.

March for Our Lives is not just one day. It represents the official start of when we all must stand with the Stoneman Douglas students and say, “Never again.” This isn’t about being aligned with one political party or another. This is about protecting this nation’s children, whether they are related to you by blood, or whether they are children you have taught or nurtured.
We are the future of this country, yet we can no longer assume that we are safe from mass shootings in our schools. Nor can we assume our elders will protect us. Instead, we have to work ourselves to end senseless killing, not just for our sakes, but for the sakes of future generations of Americans. ☐

 

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Parkland students parody the NRA ad (Video)

Parkland student parodies NRA ad

The NRA made its ad — now this Parkland student is returning the favor.

Posted by Brut on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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NRA Melting Down As Corporate America Cuts Ties

February 25, 2018 3:22 am

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

Corporate America is abandoning the NRA, and the extremist organization is lashing out in truly repulsive fashion.

The organization has become increasingly toxic as it leads the opposition to gun reform after the latest school shooting.

As a result, in just 24 hours, six companies quickly ended association with the organization. And after the continuing grassroots campaign, at least 17 major corporations have cut ties.
MetLife insurance and Symantec both said they will no longer work with the organization. Delta and United Airlines both announced the end of their NRA discount programs. And car rental companies Hertz, Enterprise, and Budget ended their affiliations, as well.

Notably, First National Bank of Omaha, which issued “the official credit card of the NRA,” announced it would not renew its contract.

The NRA is not happy that the free market is working against them.

 

In a vituperative statement, the NRA whined that companies abandoning it are engaged in a “shameful display of political and civic cowardice.”
“In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve,” the statement read.
But the harsh reality of the real world stood in direct contrast to the positive reception CEO Wayne LaPierre received at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
In an unhinged diatribe, LaPierre reacted to the groundswell of support for gun reform as evidence of a campaign to enact a “socialist agenda.”
And he crudely described teenage survivors of the massacre who are speaking out for their dead classmates as “opportunists” who want to “exploit tragedy for political gain.”
NRA national spokesperson Dana Loesch also complained about the harsh reception the organization has received. And she bizarrely yet typically insisted that the media “loves mass shootings.”
“The louder and nastier they get, the more you can bet the attackers are feeling the heat,” Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan noted about LaPierre and Loesch
Americans are standing their ground against the NRA’s decision to enable mass murderers. They are letting corporate America know the NRA is toxic. And corporations don’t want to be associated with the NRA’s bile.
That’s why the group is lashing out angrily at everyone. But petulant complaints and threats will not win out over the safety and well-being of children.

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