Karl Malone, an NRA supporter, says members should be ‘damn concerned’ about money flowing to board

Karl Malone, an NRA supporter, says members should be ‘damn concerned’ about money flowing to board

Gun Rights

Tribune file photo NBA commissioner David Stern presents Karl Malone the MVP trophy for the 1996-97 season. A former pro football player who serves on the National Rifle Association board was paid $400,000 by the group in recent years for public outreach and firearms training. Another board member, a writer in New Mexico, collected more than $28,000 for articles in NRA publications. Yet another board member sold ammunition from his private company to the NRA for an undisclosed sum. The NRA, which has been rocked by allegations of exorbitant spending by top executives, also directed money in recent years to members of its board – the very people tasked with overseeing the organization’s finances. In all, 18 members of the NRA’s 76-member board, who are not paid as directors, collected money from the group in the past three years, according to tax filings, state charitable reports and NRA correspondence reviewed by The Washington Post. The payments received by about one-quarter of board members, the extent of which has not previously been reported, deepen questions about the rigor of the board’s oversight as it steered the country’s largest and most powerful gun rights group, according to tax experts and some longtime members. The NRA, founded in 1871 to promote gun safety and training, relies heavily on its 5 million members for dues. Some supporters are rebelling publicly and questioning its leadership. "I will be the first person to get in your face about defending the Second Amendment, but I will […]

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