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NRA could lose its tax-exempt status amid allegations of ‘misuse of assets’: report

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On Wednesday, The New Yorker published a searing, in-depth exposé of the National Rifle Association, revealing that the organization is plagued with serious financial misdealings. Former IRS official Marc Owens called the allegations “one of the broadest arrays of likely transgressions that I’ve ever seen,” riddled with “misuse of assets,” and noted that “Those facts, if confirmed, could lead to the revocation of the NRA.’s tax-exempt status.”

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Many of the allegations stem from the NRA’s longtime relationship with Ackerman McQueen, an Oklahoma-based advertising agency that devised their NRATV streaming service, a magazine showcasing the NRA’s donors, and an insurance policy for gun owners known as Carry Guard, which has since been discontinued.

Memos from internal audits reveal that the NRA has been paying exorbitant amounts to Ackerman for its services, above and beyond what they are worth, and that many of the deals appear to be riddled with conflicts of interest, as former Ackerman officials recruited by the NRA promoted vendor deals for their personal enrichment.

Many of these payments have been unknown to the IRS for years, because the NRA has exploited loose reporting requirements to omit millions of dollars in payments to Ackerman’s affiliates.

Ackerman public relations executive Bill Powers broadly denies the allegations, likening the New Yorker article to “an old Soviet disinformation campaign,” but acknowledging the article contained “a little bit of truth.”

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All of these problems appear to be coming to a head. NRA previously stated in recent court filings that the organization has been in deep financial trouble ever since the Carry Guard program was ruled illegal by the state of New York, costing the organization its liability insurance and destroying one of Ackerman’s big ventures. Earlier this week, the NRA filed suit against Ackerman over their refusal to provide viewership data for NRATV.


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Trump told Rick Perry to ‘visit with Rudy’ when he asked why he called off meetings with Ukraine’s president: report

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On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Energy Secretary Rick Perry was ordered by President Donald Trump to get in touch with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani about "corruption" in Ukraine — at the same time that he and Giuliani were attempting to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to help him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Speaking to the Journal, Perry denied knowing anything about Trump going after Biden specifically, but said the Trump told him he was not "comfortable" that the Ukrainians had "straightened up their act" — an apparent reference to Trump's belief that Ukraine tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election for Hillary Clinton.

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Sondland was going to testify Trump gave the impression they should coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine: report

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European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland is slated to give testimony Thursday to the House committees on President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal.

Sondland was slated to tell investigators that Trump gave him the impression that he and two other officials should coordinate with the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, The New York Times said in an explosive report Wednesday.

"That command effectively created a foreign policy back channel that cut the State Department and National Security Council out of deliberations involving a pivotal ally against Russia," The Times reported.

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Trump’s lawyers are trying to tell Appeals Court they actually won the taxes lawsuit — but are still appealing

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President Donald Trump's lawyers sent out a bizarre letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, making the case that they actually won their case to keep the president's taxes a secret. It's an odd take given that they're filing for an appeal.

Oct. 7, a federal judge dismissed Trump's efforts in a 75-page opinion calling the White House claim "extraordinary."

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero explained that no occupant of the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind." Such a position "would constitute an overreach of executive power."

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