Though the NRA has been an unassailable force in American politics for years now, public sentiment is finally turning away from its blind advocacy of unlimited gun rights over public safety, in the wake of the horrific school massacre in Parkland, Florida
With the NRA’s image at an all-time low, the organization is facing an even bigger crisis about its financial support of political candidates and the various sources of money that’s being going into the campaigns of candidates they’ve believed would make the most valuable puppets.
Politico is reporting that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has launched an investigation into whether Russian agents used the NRA to funnel illegal campaign contributions to the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential elections.
“Under FEC procedures, the preliminary investigation is likely to require the NRA to turn over closely guarded internal documents and campaign finance records. Depending on what FEC investigators and lawyers find, the agency could launch a full-blown investigation, impose fines or even make criminal referrals to the Justice Department and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, people familiar with the probe said.”
As luck would have it, last month Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), sent a letter to the NRA with a February 16th deadline seeking documents and answers to questions about its interactions with Russian individuals and businesses. Wyden is the senior Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee.
Wyden’s letter reads, in part:
“I am specifically troubled by the possibility that Russian-backed shell companies or intermediaries may have circumvented laws designed to prohibit foreign meddling in our elections by abusing the rules governing … tax exempt organizations.”
Between this investigation and the PR nightmare suffered over the weekend as record numbers of Americans protested gun violence, one suspects stressful days ahead for the NRA.