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Posted: 6/30/2001 12:09:37 PM EST
[URL]dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010629/pl/politics_nra_dc_1.html[/URL] Friday June 29 5:34 PM ET Court Rules NRA Violated Campaign Finance Law WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the National Rifle Association (NRA) broke federal law two decades ago when it gave its political action committee thousands of dollars for election-related expenses. The gun lobby violated a 1971 federal election law barring corporations from contributing to federal campaigns by giving $37,833 to its Political Victory Fund, then getting reimbursed, the court said. ``Permitting reimbursement arrangements such as the one at issue here would thus compromise the separation of corporate and fund treasuries -- a separation that both Congress and the Supreme Court consider essential to preventing the use of corporate wealth to fund political advocacy,'' the court wrote. The Political Victory Fund spent the money on direct mail campaigns, newspaper advertising and campaigns for and against individual campaigns. The ruling came after the Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) (FEC) said the NRA had illegally paid the Political Victory Fund during the 1978, 1980 and 1982 federal election cycles. The court said the NRA was a potential conduit for corporate funding of political activities in 1978 and 1982 because companies had donated substantial amounts of money to the group in those years. It said donations in 1980 were insufficient to constitute a violation. The NRA had claimed its activities were protected political speech under the First Amendment. The NRA and the FEC declined to comment on the case.
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 12:14:49 PM EST
Two decades ago? I wasn't a member then so it wasn't my fault.
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 12:16:04 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 12:19:43 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 6:57:24 PM EST
Isn't there a statute of limitations on this kind of stuff?
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 7:01:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/30/2001 6:59:56 PM EST by William J Clinton]
You see you guys join the NRA and it's basically just an organazation that has no respect for the rule of law, and they turn you all into criminals and teach you how to kill children. Where's Al when we need him? He would help save the precious children. [smoke] EDITED BY JANET RENO & FBI SWAT
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 7:13:34 PM EST
Yes, I am partially to blame as I was a member of this terrorist organization twenty years ago. And I can proudly say that today I am an Endowment member. Hmmmm. The only dirt the anti's can find is two decades old? I guess that makes us 'pure evil'.[}:D]
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 7:24:35 PM EST
[b]OKAY, DAMN IT ![/b].....I demand a recount of all elections since 1978 ! [center][red][size=6][b]DO OVER !![/b][/red][/center]
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 8:03:33 PM EST
Wow, they got the NRA on a three-decade-old technicality. Oooh. I'm impressed. $37,833.00 was used "illegally?" I wonder how much the investigation and court fees cost the US taxpayers..... Mike
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 8:05:53 PM EST
Probably another Ken Starr job! [smoke]
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 8:09:13 PM EST
Yeah, next they'll investigate Ben Franklin. Rumor is he shorted the USPS $.01 in postage on a letter when he was Postmaster General.
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 10:01:13 PM EST
Probably why they go on and on about dues not being used for their legislative stuff now. They knew it and have since fixed it. Nah, I don't belong to them any more. I totally lost it when Wayne went on and on about how much gun control they were for back during the presidential run (on one of those crappy morning shows on one of the democrat broadcast stations). I contacted the NRA and let them know I was upset and they just couldn't fathom why I would be upset over a few common sense gun laws (their words). So now I donate time/money/membership to GOA and to Grass Roots North Carolina.
Link Posted: 6/30/2001 10:33:51 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/2/2001 4:01:56 AM EST
YES!...Is that mean I am an Outlaw?
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