|Washington, DC−The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence today delivered more than 11,000 petition signatures to the Federal Election Commission to call on the agency to launch an investigation into the National Rifle Association. Josh Horwitz, executive director of CSGV, delivered the signatures to Judith Ingram, press officer of the FEC.CSGV’s petition campaign was spurred by a Yahoo News investigation into the NRA’s fundraising activities, which appeared to uncover the following specific violations of federal law:
Full text of the petition can be found online at: http://csgv.wpengine.com/action/tell-fec-irs-investigate-nra-violations-federal-law/.
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.
“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, who led the delegation to deliver the petition signatures to FEC Commissioners in advance of their public meeting on Thursday. “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.”