USA Today has details
. The allegations include, as far as I can tell, basically spending a lot of money wastefully on personal items, services, and travel for the leadership. This investigation has been on a slow simmer since 2019, and members have tried to arrange a leadership change to force reforms.
I supported that leadership change (as a voting member) but it was not successful. The lawsuit seeks to dissolve the organization entirely, which seems excessive as a remedy.
I can't speak to what the law says about how non-profits operate and the details of the financial mismanagement, other than to say that the timing of this announcement and choice of targets is clearly political. That doesn't mean that the NRA org itself is clean. It does mean that there are a lot of nonprofits that behave poorly in a similar (but perhaps less extreme) manner, and choosing which ones to go after can clearly be influenced by politics.
The political engagement usually credited to the NRA is technically performed by the NRA-ILA, which I understand to be a separate organization. How that organization will be impacted by the lawsuit against the core NRA org I don't know, other than to say I doubt it will have a positive effect.
Three months to the election. Brace yourselves, the chaos is only getting started.
UPDATE: John Solomon opens his podcast last Tuesday with a description of the finances from Al Sharpton's charity
, including million-dollar paydays for Sharpton and roughly 1 in 8 dollars the "charity" takes in ending up in Sharpton's pocket one way or another. The point isn't that this is right; it's that non-profits are often just financial rackets and what Wayne has been doing at the head of the NRA is, unfortunately, common.
That makes targeting the NRA for dissolution based on these practices a political decision.
UPDATE: Alan Dershowitz points out that political motives alone probably disqualify this lawsuit as a violation of the First and Second Amendments
. The question would be how many other organizations have been sued over similar things. My hunch is there aren't many, and the sample of those actually sued would show political skew. But will the courts listen to that argument? Almost certainly not before the election, since this is New York we're talking about.
UPDATE: Countersuit filed on civil rights grounds