The National Rifle Association (NRA), one of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s top campaign contributors, has filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Leticia James, accusing her of “seeking to destroy a gun rights group.”
The association, which has been a major lobbyist in the U.S., accused James of using her authority to mount a “malicious campaign of retaliation,” Reuters reported. “James launched the investigation and this action against the NRA for the sole purpose of destroying a political enemy,” the association said in a statement. The document specifies that the Democrats’ “selective enforcement” of state nonprofit laws violated the NRA’s constitutional rights to free speech and fair protection. The association is also seeking to have James’ lawsuit overturned, accusing her of failing to launch a similar investigation into other New York nonprofits.
In August 2020, Letitia James sued the National Rifle Association, alleging that its leaders used the organization as their “personal piggy bank” and illegally diverted millions of dollars of its charitable expenses for their own use. The lawsuit alleged that between May 2015 and April 2019, the NRA spent more than a million dollars on private flights by its executives, an expenditure that was not authorized by the association’s board. The lawsuit also said NRA executives diverted funds to pay for family trips to the Bahamas and private jet rentals, helping to reduce the organization’s balance sheet by $64 million over three years and turning a budget surplus into a deficit.