|Washington, DC−On Thursday, July 16, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence will deliver more than 10,000 petition signatures to the Federal Election Commission in downtown Washington to call on the agency to launch an investigation into the National Rifle Association.
The NRA attempted to explain these irregularities away as “coding” and “clerical” errors. As Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) noted when it called on the FEC and Internal Revenue Service to scrutinize the NRA, “The idea that the NRA, one of the most sophisticated and influential advocacy organizations in the country, doesn’t know how to fill out a simple tax return just does not ring true.”
CSGV Executive Director Josh Horwitz will lead a delegation to deliver the petition signatures to FEC Commissioners at their public meeting on Thursday. Details on the delivery follow:
What: Petition delivery to FEC public meeting
Who: A delegation of CSGV staff, gun violence prevention advocates and concerned citizens led by CSGV Executive Director Josh Horwitz
When: Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Where: 999 E St NW, Suite 910, Washington, DC 20463 (Metro Stop: Metro Center)
“The NRA is going to have to do better than ‘The dog ate my homework,’” said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “No one is above the rule of law, including Wayne LaPierre and the NRA leadership. We have election and tax laws in place to ensure the integrity of our electoral process, and we urge the FEC to take a closer look into the NRA’s activities.”
Also on Thursday, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence staff will privately deliver the petition signatures to the IRS, calling on it to investigate potential violations as well.