Gun safety group files suit alleging NRA coordinated with political firm with Louisiana ties

Gun safety group files suit alleging NRA coordinated with political firm with Louisiana ties

Campaigns facing lawsuits include those assisted by Louisiana political consultant Timmy Teepell Sen. Josh Hawley, (R-MO) (Photo by Carolyn Kaster-Pool/Getty Images) The Giffords gun safety organization has sued the National Rifle Association and the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana, alleging the gun rights group used shell corporations to improperly aid the Republican lawmakers in 2018. OnMessage Inc., the political firm that advised Hawley and Rosendale’s campaigns, is partially owned by Timmy Teepell, former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief political consultant. Kyle Plotkin, who also served as Jindal’s chief-of-staff, ran Hawley’s 2018 campaign and oversees Hawley’s Senate office. Two NRA affiliates made up to $35 million in illegal campaign contributions—in the form of coordinated communications efforts—to the GOP Senate campaigns of Hawley, Rosendale, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, as well as Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to the suit , filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday. The NRA Political Victory Fund, a political action committee, and the NRA Institute for Legislative Action spent millions on supposedly independent political advertising for the six Senate candidates and Trump in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 federal election cycles, according to the suit. The Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan campaign finance group, is representing Giffords, a gun-safety group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, (D-Ariz.), in part to counter the NRA’s influence in […]

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