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Posted: 12/30/2018 10:41:16 AM EDT
Some background for you all to start this off.

What are IRS Form 990s?

Every non-profit in the US, by law, is required to file an IRS Form 990 each year.

Since the early 2000s, these have been digitally scanned and available on line for free.

It's democratized the art of "keeping charities honest", because before the age of free PDFs, the only people who could do this were media organizations with $$$ to pay for obtaining copies and then distributing cut down copies of the 990s in newspaper articles or magazine articles.

For example, here's the Brady Campaign's 990 for 2014:
http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/237/237321017/237321017_201412_990O.pdf

Here's the NRA's 2016 Return:
https://deutsch29.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/nra-2016-990.pdf

Go to PDF page 73 of the NRA 2016 990.

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There are an uncommonly large amount of "Fundraising Consultants" listed there.

I particularly like InfoCision, who raised $8,780,881 dollars for the NRA, but kept $4,209,328 of it. :D

But what caught my eye is that the full address for HWS Consulting was given as:

HWS Consulting
221 Homeport Drive
Grasonville, MD 21638


I know that place, because I scuba dive off the boat landing off of Kent Island, and i've stayed in a hotel with a Grasonville postal address.

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It's small and sleepy, with only 2,193 people.

The address goes to a private residence which I investigated:

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Which ironically is in a quasi gun-free zone:

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Analyzing the address online further reveals this information:

Harold Wayne Sheets
Age 70s


This explains where the "HWS" in HWS Consulting came from. It's his initials.

So...who is Mr. Sheets and why did he get $685,000 for "fundraising consultancy" from the NRA?

Some more searching revealed more information.

He didn't move to Grasonville until 2007; judging from the sale of a house in the Norbeck-Layhill Area of Silver Spring, MD for $460K in that year.

He's worked for:

Mobil Corporation
NRA Blog
Wildlife Heritage Foundation

Regarding his corporation (HWS Consulting); according to Maryland government websites:

HWS Consulting (MD ID # D12410569) was incorporated on 3 March 2008 in 103 Congressional Drive, Stevensville, MD.

On 20 July 2010, the main office was changed to 221 Homeport Drive, Grasonville, MD.

More digging found this:

https://www.nraringoffreedom.com/meet-the-staff/advancement-leadership/wayne-sheets/

Wayne Sheets
Executive Director, The NRA Foundation

Wayne Sheets has been with the NRA for more than 30 years and he has a lifelong and diversified background in hunting, shooting and gun collecting.

703-267-1126
wsheets@nrahq.org

While attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York in the early 70s, Sheets coached the rifle, skeet and trap teams. His love for the shooting sports led to his first position at the NRA. In his years as Director of the Education and Training Division, Sheets managed a wide range of NRA programs including: hunter education, law enforcement and civilian firearms training, range development and operations, and the National Firearms Museum.

Sheets' mission is to enhance the philanthropic programs and opportunities available to supporters of the shooting sports. He has worked with many who recognize the mutual benefits to both the NRA and its members of major gifts and philanthropy. It is through these entities that Sheets believes, "We can financially secure the NRA's operation and growth."
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So...why was Mr. Sheets given $685,000 for "fundraising consultancy" if he's a member of the NRA executive staff? Shouldn't "fundraising consultancy" be covered as part of his duties as NRA Executive Staff?

Given that in the corporate world; a detailed report on a subject, with full rights retained by the procurer plus a personal briefing by the analyst who assembled it, goes for about $60-80K or thereabouts...that's about half a million dollars that could have been used for far more useful objectives than an internal kickback.

@Miami_JBT
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:44:04 AM EDT
The NRA is a money fleecing operation ? I’m shocked
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:44:56 AM EDT
A bunch of crap is what it is.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:45:24 AM EDT
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Very interesting. And from him, some of the money went to...
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:45:52 AM EDT
If the NRA is the swamp, I want it exposed.

Tag
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:45:59 AM EDT
Good find.

Unfortunately I am not surprised.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:46:05 AM EDT
FPNI.

Now I'll sit back and wait for the NRA shills to appear like a gentle rain.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:46:35 AM EDT
Because that’s how the system works
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:46:43 AM EDT
IBTL
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:49:39 AM EDT
Wow.

A lot of interesting information coming out about them lately.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:50:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:52:35 AM EDT
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This going off the rails? Nah, dawg. Can’t see it

IBTL
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:53:26 AM EDT
Neal Knox tried to end this and failed.  Here are the results.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:54:55 AM EDT
Now cross reference this with political donor lists and see if we can find out where the member money has really been going.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:55:13 AM EDT
Re your $300,000 Salary, Cat Food comment:

Brady Campaign uses 5 paid staff and 1,200 volunteers (page 1, lines 5 and 6) for $466,048 total salaries (page 1, line 16a).

NRA uses 912 paid staff and 150,000 volunteers (page 1, lines 5 and 6) for $68,330,881 total salaries (page 1, line 16a).

Form 990s also list organizational salaries in Part VII:

Brady:
DAN GROSS, PRESIDENT ($406,239 total salaries)
SUSAN FOULDS, CHIEF DEV. OFFICER ($127,262 total salaries)
BINDU MACCHIAVELLO, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE ($118,020 totla salaries)

NRA:
WAYNE LA PIERRE, CEO/EVP ($1,422,339 total salaries)
CHRIS COX, Exec Dir, ILA ($997,431 total salaries)
WILSON PHILLIPS, JR, Treasurer ($840,284 total salaries)

To put this in context; the director for the AARP in their 990s:

https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/about_aarp/annual_reports/2017/form-990-2016-aarp.pdf

AARP's CEO takes in $1,136,680; and their EVP and COO takes in just $628,175; and the AARP has $1+~ BILLION NET ASSETS, compared to NRA's $36~ million net assets in 2016.

Something has to be done about executive pay at the NRA. While I understand that there needs to be "bonus" pay for working for the NRA, because a lot of future job prospects will die when someone sees "NRA" on your resume; so the organization has to compensate for that -- it shouldn't have the top drawer being paid like they're running a true behemoth like AARP, rather than what NRA actually is, organizationally.

Organizationally, Brady is tighter --

Brady's Page 8 says that they have just one independent contractor that received more than $100K of compensation.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS ENAGEMENT (Arlington, VA) that handles direct mail and printing for $147,388.

By contrast, NRA's Page 8 says that their top 5 independent contractors over $100K are:

InfoCision Management Corp (Akron OH)
Membership processing and contribution solicitations
$27,162,372

Ackerman McQueen Inc (Oklahoma City, OK)
Public relations and advertising
$21,356,593

Postmaster (USPS, Arlington VA)
Postage Shipping
$11,182,843

Membership Marketing Partners LLC (Fairfax, VA)
Fundraising printing and mailing
$9,837,642

Valtim Inc (Forest, VA)
Fulfillment center
$8,795,023
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:56:32 AM EDT
When money and people mix, usually corruption follows. I'm not surprised, this is a buddy buddy deal within the NRA, period. Fuck them.

Also, look at the discrepancy between 1 and 2 on that list. One company raises $43M, keeps 480k. The other raises $8M and keeps $4M. Wtf?

Pisses me off that this exact shit is rampant within our govt ranks, and they are stealing our tax dollars to fund their bullshit and line their pockets. I think our founders would be very ashamed of what America has become.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:57:04 AM EDT
Again, this is why I only joined because private ranges required it. And my membership lapsed when I PCSd.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:57:06 AM EDT
I wonder what tax breaks you get living in a federal squirrel safety zone.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:57:24 AM EDT
He probably just owns the cheap shit factory where they make all the stupid coins and knives made out of cheese grade steel they send members and that's how much all of that shit costs.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:57:47 AM EDT
Tagged
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:57:57 AM EDT
In before SWIRE.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:58:11 AM EDT
FWIW Infocision is a small call center in northern Ohio.  I used to work there and they have a dedicated NRA team of about 20 or 30 people IIRC.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:58:56 AM EDT
Sure would like to know what Mr. Sheets has done to advance Gun Rights for that amount of money ?
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 10:59:47 AM EDT
Also regarding Ackerman McQueen:

Ackerman McQueen Inc (Oklahoma City, OK)
Public relations and advertising
$21,356,593


Some additional information via Miami_JBT in this thread:

https://www.ar15.com/forums/general/Why-does-the-NRA-have-5-45-million-in-investments-to-Central-America-and-the-Caribbean-/5-2179135/

Also remember that Wayne LaPierre was under investigation for embezzlement by Neal Knox in 1997 and that is what lead to Wayne, Marion, and even John Milius staging a coup against him in '97. It ties into the PR Firm Ackerman McQueen, shich is very close to Wayne LaPierre. One of its subsidiaries, Virginia-based Mercury Group is where LaPierre's wife was an executive. Funds would be provided to Mercury and then to LaPierre's wife.

Ackerman McQueen dug themselves deep within NRA and were and are locked in tight with Wayne LaPierre. They make millions of dollars off of NRA and support the hell out of Wayne because of that. It was Ackerman McQueen that arranged for Charlton Heston to run for Neal Knox's positions President in 1997.

I know that a former Board Member named Richard Feldman was removed when he started questioning Ackerman Mcqueen's relationship with Wayne LaPierre.
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Originally Posted By Bobby_the_Hun:
Sure would like to know what Mr. Sheets has done to advance Gun Rights for that amount of money ?
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Probably a new pool..... to teach aquatic gun courses!!!!!
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:02:44 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By whiskerz:
Neal Knox tried to end this and failed.  Here are the results.
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Your right. If Neil had lived maybe things would be different.
He was fired from the NRA because, even back in the 90's, the "moderates" were taking it in the wrong direction.

I hope it's not to late to turn the NRA around.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:02:53 AM EDT
There is alot of profit in no profits.

Just doesn't go to share holders, ot goes to "staff"
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:02:59 AM EDT
That seems pretty damn shady too me.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:05:03 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By whiskerz:
Neal Knox tried to end this and failed.  Here are the results.
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He was right about everything he said and tried to do regards the NRA.

WLP and company unfortunately prevailed.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:05:52 AM EDT
Yeah fuck the NRA. I'm glad I let my membership lapse. Next year buying myself a treat. Going to get me a GOA lifetime membership with part of my tax return. Let's see, supposed Pratt Yacht vs big fundraising schemes like that. Yeah I'll take the yacht. Thanks
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:08:19 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Cobalty2004:
Probably a new pool..... to teach aquatic gun courses!!!!!
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Originally Posted By Bobby_the_Hun:
Sure would like to know what Mr. Sheets has done to advance Gun Rights for that amount of money ?
Probably a new pool..... to teach aquatic gun courses!!!!!
That better be a really big pool.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:09:08 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By SCW:
If the NRA is the swamp, I want it exposed.

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Yep on both counts.

NRA lifer here.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:09:24 AM EDT
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Oh, for sure in on this one.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:14:42 AM EDT
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https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/20998/NRA_Post_4_jpg-789886.JPG

Oh, for sure in on this one.
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The guy living next door to HWS Consulting at that development had a Gasden Flag flying.

Can't even get a Gasden out of $685K
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:15:21 AM EDT
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It is ridiculous that having your life ruined over a squirrel is a genuine threat.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:18:53 AM EDT
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It is ridiculous that having your life ruined over a squirrel is a genuine threat.
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Truth be told, this is why the bump stocks were invented in the first place, "serious squirrel population" now obviously they have become an endangered species, anyone else miss the hunting squirrels with a Barret 50 video?
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:21:22 AM EDT
Now get GOA's filings...

Oh, wait!  You can't.  H. L. Richardson owns it.  He gets to keep all the money (except what he pays the Pratts and his fund raisers).
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:25:00 AM EDT
$685k would buy a lot of improved NRA marketing from a guy like me.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:25:55 AM EDT
How do you harass a squirrel?
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:30:42 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By chupacabras:
How do you harass a squirrel?
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Wear a Trump shirt and go into the vape shop where it works part time?
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:31:21 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By ODA_564:
Now get GOA's filings...

Oh, wait!  You can't.  H. L. Richardson owns it.  He gets to keep all the money (except what he pays the Pratts and his fund raisers).
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GOA filed a lawsuit to fight the bumpstock ban that makes an insta-felon out of several hundred thousand gun owners.

Now go get the NRAs lawsuit filings.  And your shinebox.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:33:30 AM EDT
Makes this life member sick. Reminds me of the mega church scandals.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:33:46 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 50DollarCheShirt:
GOA filed a lawsuit to fight the bumpstock ban that makes an insta-felon out of several hundred thousand gun owners.

Now go get the NRAs lawsuit filings.  And your shinebox.
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Originally Posted By 50DollarCheShirt:
Originally Posted By ODA_564:
Now get GOA's filings...

Oh, wait!  You can't.  H. L. Richardson owns it.  He gets to keep all the money (except what he pays the Pratts and his fund raisers).
GOA filed a lawsuit to fight the bumpstock ban that makes an insta-felon out of several hundred thousand gun owners.

Now go get the NRAs lawsuit filings.  And your shinebox.
So you don't have the GOA tax forms?
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:34:48 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By chupacabras:
How do you harass a squirrel?
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50 BMG BALL
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:40:07 AM EDT
In before this guy.

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Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:40:43 AM EDT
Seems like Vice, CNN or some other group could do an expose’ piece on all of that and potentially seriously damage the NRA’s fundraising capabilities thereby weakening their lobbying power.

Es muy mal.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:47:25 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 556therapy:
Seems like Vice, CNN or some other group could do an expose’ piece on all of that and potentially seriously damage the NRA’s fundraising capabilities thereby weakening their lobbying power.

Es muy mal.
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So they’d be less able to push for gun control measures?
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:48:24 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Got_Nukes:

So you don't have the GOA tax forms?
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Nice eagle you got there.

Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:50:42 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By JohnConnor:
Nice eagle you got there.

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Originally Posted By JohnConnor:
Originally Posted By Got_Nukes:

So you don't have the GOA tax forms?
Nice eagle you got there.

What's your point
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:52:03 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:

Yep on both counts.

NRA lifer here.
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I concur.
Link Posted: 12/30/2018 11:57:07 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By SCW:
If the NRA is the swamp, I want it exposed.

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FIFY
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