Allen West CALLS OUT Wayne LaPierre over NRA spending scandal!

Yikes, it’s getting worse over at the NRA. Now it’s Allen West calling for Wayne LaPierre’s resignation.

From the Hill:

A prominent National Rifle Association (NRA) board member and former congressman called on the lobbying group to “clean its own house” and replace longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre in a blog post Tuesday.

In the post, retired Lt. Col. Allen West, who represented Florida in the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, said he was pulling his backing for LaPierre’s re-election and accused LaPierre and his defenders of “outright lies.”

The move comes after a bombshell report by the Wall Street Journal revealed tens of thousands of dollars in mismanaged spending by top officials.

“It has become very apparent that I need to speak out about what is happening at the National Rifle Association,” West wrote. “I have never been told, advised, informed, or consulted about any of these details mentioned in the WSJ, and who knows how much more despicable spending of members’ money.”



The bizarre spending scandal is becoming fodder for the left, like pencil-neck weasel Chris L. Hayes:

More:

“There is a cabal of cronyism operating within the NRA and that exists within the Board of Directors. It must cease, and I do not care if I draw their angst,” West wrote. “It sickens me to publicly make this statement, but I will not allow anyone to damage my honor, integrity, character, and reputation. Needless to say, there are those who have willingly done so to their own.”

In the statement, West also calls the NRA’s current 76-member board “too large,” saying it should be cut to 30 or less, all of whom are limited to four terms.

Another board member, Timothy Knight shared a similar message, claiming he was unaware of the financial issues.

Wow. Not good for a once highly respected and very influential gun rights organization. I hope they shape up quickly…

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131 thoughts on “Allen West CALLS OUT Wayne LaPierre over NRA spending scandal!

  1. this is what happened to the tea party- a whole bunch of infighting- It could have been a very powerful influential organization- far more powerful than it currently is- and could have united conservatives all across the nation into a very powerful force to be reckoned with- anytime a state or county threatened draconian gun laws, the party and people could have, en mass, boycotted said counties and forced a reversal of the laws- or anytime cities pushed disgusting ‘extra rights’ for lgbtrsuvsos groups, or tried to force Christian businesses to violate their faith, same thing- but nope- it’s like conservatives are allergic to success or something- We get something good and useful, and inevitably, in some cases like this- we blow it by infighting o some scandal- So we hav e not only the left attacking us, but our own party attacking us or undermining what should be a great thing too- ad liberals love it when we do- ugggh-

  2. While there is no question protecting our right to keep and bear arms is the highest priority for gun owners, the NRA is much more than just a gun owner rights organization.

    Much of the hunter ed curriculum in the US is developed by the NRA. Otherwise, states would use anti-gun propaganda from the Brady campaign. Instructor certs, competitions, research, and much more is developed, published, and/or sponsored by the NRA. None of that can easily or rapidly be replicated.

    We need the NRA, but we need a clean NRA dedicated to protecting our rights.

    Wayne LaPierre, Chris Cox, and their cronies need to go. That means good members need to get actively involved and fight for *our* organization. Kudos to LTC West.

    1. Good point about the “other stuff”.

      My main issues with NRA are more about their watered down 2A position, and the fact that DC Swamp Dwellers like Grover Norquist are on the board.

    2. @TXGRunner Absolutely agree. Most people don’t know about the training and educational programs of the NRA that have been around for decades. I took one nearly 50 years ago. And, corruption needs to be expelled, and the reputation repaired. I will probably not renew my membership if that doesn’t happen. I’m not too keen on those that embezzle my money (dues/membership) to live a cushy life.

  3. I disagree. I think this is good for the NRA. Sure it’ll give the lefties something to chew on. But hopefully the NRA will come back sleeker, more efficient, and less compromising for it. Allen West has it right. Term limits for leadership. Another nice add would be an itemized report distributed to members annually on their spending. There are a number of people within the NRA who would make for better leaders than Wayne. He’s the Mitch McConnell of the NRA.

      1. My bad. Truth is, I get so much of “YOU COULD WIN THIS TRUCK, JUST GIVE US $25” , that I ignore a lot of the stuff they send.

  4. The NRA does little to protect 2nd amendment, yet they spend a ton of money on selling memberships. They are run as s business instead of an activist 2A rights organization. I’m glad that good people like Allen West and Oliver North are involved with them, but I’m guessing there are more bad than good apples in that organization.

  5. Iron sharpens iron. If more board members step up and demand accountability and transparency, the stronger NRA will be as an organization. Leftist fodder is a short-term headache necessity. Long-term financial and ethical stability is more important.

  6. The NRA has been a paper tiger for my whole life. Every major federal gun rights infringement has been backed by the NRA, if not written by the NRA.

    That’s unacceptable.

    Now, to find out the CEO has been jet setting about like a billionaire, and ON MY DIME!? Un-freaking-acceptable.

    The left acts like the NRA is an all-out gun freedom radical group. I say it’s time the NRA actually become so.

  7. Allen West? What’s he been up to? Kinda miss that guy. I never joined the NRA. Normally lobbyists are trying to change laws not protect them. Plus lobby orgs tend to worry about their own dollar than doing the right thing. I haven’t read much about this but on the 50,000 FT surface looks to be the case.

    1. He moved to Texas, and we suspect (without a shred of evidence) that he’s getting ready to run against John Cornyn for Senate.

      1. God I hope so. Cornyn has been horrible for a long time. He occasionally does something good so he can run on it but mostly he’s a Washington plutocrat. He hasn’t been a Texan for years.

  8. Chris Hayes is an idiot and a libtard (but I repeat myself) but he makes a good point here. When one’s activities provide truthful fodder for the left, it’s time for change.

  9. When Allen West points out that there is despicable spending of member’s money going on then there is a big problem with the senior management of the NRA. The NRA has no choice, but to clean house and take out the garbage if they hope to regain their credibility.

    I respect what the NRA has done to fight against the marxist’s attempts to take away our second amendment rights and for what they do to educate the public. I used to be a member a long time ago.

    I’m not a member of nor do I donate to any politically affiliated organization because I can’t stand being relentlessly hounded for money.

    1. @conserve-58 As far as dunning me for donations, Tromp is the worst. No matter how many numbers I block, they call or text on another one.

      1. @dr-strangelove I get e-mails daily asking for donations from all sorts of politicians, (Trump included) and politically affiliated groups and organizations. I will never give them a penny for the reasons I described. I became an AARP member right after turning fifty. They hounded me relentlessly to buy insurance, etc. Once my membership ended I didn’t re-up.

        I also constantly receive in and out of state calls from foreign speaking people, especially asians. They have resorted to using a local area code and prefix to try and tempt me to answer their calls. I do not answer calls that are not in my contacts list. I have missed calls not in my contacts list that were legitimate, but that’s the price I have to pay to not be disturbed by garbage calls.

        1. @conserve-58 Luckily, my area code is over a hundred miles away and I don’t answer. I’m on the list, though, and I wish that my mailbox had a spam filter.

  10. Gun owners of America. Join and get their updates, they work for our rights daily.

    1. Maybe so, but I want my money to aid the cause and not goodies for the few… I’ll be watching my dues are due and currently I’m on hold

  11. Allen West is a person of utmost honor and integrity! If he speaks publicly about it, it’s BAD. NRA must clean and trim!

    1. Maybe so, but I want my money to aid the cause and not goodies for the few… I’ll be watching my dues are due and currently I’m on hold

  12. Allen West is a person of utmost honor and integrity! If he speaks publicly about it, it’s BAD. NRA must clean and trim!

  13. Allen West is correct as usual.

    I too feel that if the NRA is going to survive this media disaster they need to fire LaPierre and they need to do it publicly and without contrite.

  14. Wow a 76 member board? that’s way too large. Trim it down to the bone.
    I’d be happy if Lt Col Allen West took over from LaPierre. At least Lt Col West has a backbone, and wouldn’t kowtow to the left.

    1. I thought I saw somewhere that it was even more than that!? And you wonder what the salary of each of them is? Something is definitely wrong with that organization.

  15. Frankly, I think they need a total overhaul and rebranding. NRA is an ancient name
    I would more prefer N2AA. And they need to focus on going after every city that infringes on our rights instead of focusing on selling memberships. Let their good works speak and sell for themselves.

  16. The NRA does little to protect 2nd amendment, yet they spend a ton of money on selling memberships. They are run as s business instead of an activist 2A rights organization. I’m glad that good people like Allen West and Oliver North are involved with them, but I’m guessing there are more bad than good apples in that organization.

  17. I disagree. I think this is good for the NRA. Sure it’ll give the lefties something to chew on. But hopefully the NRA will come back sleeker, more efficient, and less compromising for it. Allen West has it right. Term limits for leadership. Another nice add would be an itemized report distributed to members annually on their spending. There are a number of people within the NRA who would make for better leaders than Wayne. He’s the Mitch McConnell of the NRA.

    1. @Chow The NRA does release an annual report, although I’ve never studied it.

      1. My bad. Truth is, I get so much of “YOU COULD WIN THIS TRUCK, JUST GIVE US $25” , that I ignore a lot of the stuff they send.

  18. Iron sharpens iron. If more board members step up and demand accountability and transparency, the stronger NRA will be as an organization. Leftist fodder is a short-term headache necessity. Long-term financial and ethical stability is more important.

  19. The NRA has been a paper tiger for my whole life. Every major federal gun rights infringement has been backed by the NRA, if not written by the NRA.

    That’s unacceptable.

    Now, to find out the CEO has been jet setting about like a billionaire, and ON MY DIME!? Un-freaking-acceptable.

    The left acts like the NRA is an all-out gun freedom radical group. I say it’s time the NRA actually become so.

  20. When Allen West points out that there is despicable spending of member’s money going on then there is a big problem with the senior management of the NRA. The NRA has no choice, but to clean house and take out the garbage if they hope to regain their credibility.

    I respect what the NRA has done to fight against the marxist’s attempts to take away our second amendment rights and for what they do to educate the public. I used to be a member a long time ago.

    I’m not a member of nor do I donate to any politically affiliated organization because I can’t stand being relentlessly hounded for money.

    1. @conserve-58 As far as dunning me for donations, Tromp is the worst. No matter how many numbers I block, they call or text on another one.

      1. @dr-strangelove I get e-mails daily asking for donations from all sorts of politicians, (Trump included) and politically affiliated groups and organizations. I will never give them a penny for the reasons I described. I became an AARP member right after turning fifty. They hounded me relentlessly to buy insurance, etc. Once my membership ended I didn’t re-up.

        I also constantly receive in and out of state calls from foreign speaking people, especially asians. They have resorted to using a local area code and prefix to try and tempt me to answer their calls. I do not answer calls that are not in my contacts list. I have missed calls not in my contacts list that were legitimate, but that’s the price I have to pay to not be disturbed by garbage calls.

        1. @conserve-58 Luckily, my area code is over a hundred miles away and I don’t answer. I’m on the list, though, and I wish that my mailbox had a spam filter.

  21. Allen West? What’s he been up to? Kinda miss that guy. I never joined the NRA. Normally lobbyists are trying to change laws not protect them. Plus lobby orgs tend to worry about their own dollar than doing the right thing. I haven’t read much about this but on the 50,000 FT surface looks to be the case.

    1. He moved to Texas, and we suspect (without a shred of evidence) that he’s getting ready to run against John Cornyn for Senate.

      1. God I hope so. Cornyn has been horrible for a long time. He occasionally does something good so he can run on it but mostly he’s a Washington plutocrat. He hasn’t been a Texan for years.

  22. Allen West is correct as usual.

    I too feel that if the NRA is going to survive this media disaster they need to fire LaPierre and they need to do it publicly and without contrite.

  23. Wow a 76 member board? that’s way too large. Trim it down to the bone.
    I’d be happy if Lt Col Allen West took over from LaPierre. At least Lt Col West has a backbone, and wouldn’t kowtow to the left.

    1. I thought I saw somewhere that it was even more than that!? And you wonder what the salary of each of them is? Something is definitely wrong with that organization.

  24. Frankly, I think they need a total overhaul and rebranding. NRA is an ancient name
    I would more prefer N2AA. And they need to focus on going after every city that infringes on our rights instead of focusing on selling memberships. Let their good works speak and sell for themselves.

  25. Chris Hayes is an idiot and a libtard (but I repeat myself) but he makes a good point here. When one’s activities provide truthful fodder for the left, it’s time for change.

      1. @texas-chris Money, the power it brings and corruption have been in existence since mankind became civilized.

  26. this is what happened to the tea party- a whole bunch of infighting- It could have been a very powerful influential organization- far more powerful than it currently is- and could have united conservatives all across the nation into a very powerful force to be reckoned with- anytime a state or county threatened draconian gun laws, the party and people could have, en mass, boycotted said counties and forced a reversal of the laws- or anytime cities pushed disgusting ‘extra rights’ for lgbtrsuvsos groups, or tried to force Christian businesses to violate their faith, same thing- but nope- it’s like conservatives are allergic to success or something- We get something good and useful, and inevitably, in some cases like this- we blow it by infighting o some scandal- So we hav e not only the left attacking us, but our own party attacking us or undermining what should be a great thing too- ad liberals love it when we do- ugggh-

  27. It’s too bad what’s being done to the NRA. LaPierre thinks it’s his personal piggy bank, and the left is going to take them down. It isn’t like there are no alternatives for 2A supporters.

  28. I’m a lifetime member of the NRA. They called for money last week and I said “Nope. Not until you clean up your administrative spending mess.”

    I imagine a LOT more people like me are saying the same thing…..

      1. @squirrelly If you have 5 consecutive years, vote. Some of the board members want to clean it up, like West and Adam Kraut.

        1. Still inside that window and actually got the 5 year membership. Hopefully, they’ll have it cleaned up by the time renewal comes up.

    1. @churchillis-1 They don’t call me, I think that I’ll contact them. Now that I think about it, I don’t get emails from them either. I’ll check my spam folder. Groups that beg for money once or twice a day usually wind up there. I joined the FPC and I think that all they do is ask for donations.

  29. While there is no question protecting our right to keep and bear arms is the highest priority for gun owners, the NRA is much more than just a gun owner rights organization.

    Much of the hunter ed curriculum in the US is developed by the NRA. Otherwise, states would use anti-gun propaganda from the Brady campaign. Instructor certs, competitions, research, and much more is developed, published, and/or sponsored by the NRA. None of that can easily or rapidly be replicated.

    We need the NRA, but we need a clean NRA dedicated to protecting our rights.

    Wayne LaPierre, Chris Cox, and their cronies need to go. That means good members need to get actively involved and fight for *our* organization. Kudos to LTC West.

    1. @TXGRunner Absolutely agree. Most people don’t know about the training and educational programs of the NRA that have been around for decades. I took one nearly 50 years ago. And, corruption needs to be expelled, and the reputation repaired. I will probably not renew my membership if that doesn’t happen. I’m not too keen on those that embezzle my money (dues/membership) to live a cushy life.

    2. Good point about the “other stuff”.

      My main issues with NRA are more about their watered down 2A position, and the fact that DC Swamp Dwellers like Grover Norquist are on the board.

  30. They should have kept Ollie North and let LaPierre go…big mistake by the NRA. The NRA needs to clean house and North would have been a good leader at the helm.

    1. They never had the option. Even if half of the BOD wanted to, they could only vote for candidates nominated by the nominating committee (NC). The NC is made up of LaPierre/Cox cronies and they only submitted one candidate per office — soviet style. Even if members of the BOD abstained, the NRA could “honestly” report the votes were unanimous.

      It was a travesty and the decent members of the BOD (there are some) were powerless to do anything about it.

  31. Sweatshirt and pants for over $6,000 and an ugly casual wear outfit for over $1,000? That’s when you know he’s not spending his own money or he has so much money he throws it away.

    Money corrupts. That’s when it’s time for them to go.

  32. $6,395 too much for one outfit that is so chicish, especially with that left arm in that pocket which is meant for looks only.Wayne it is obvious you were out shopping for you wife,but was forced to wear this outfit to show it was purchased for you..Nice attempt at the cover up though. Maybe you could have gotten away with it, if the Colors were three shades of green.

  33. I am currently in the Easy Pay Life program. Until this is squared away, I’m not giving NRA another cent.

    1. I’m a life member of the NRA, GOA, and scores of other right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) organizations. It’s our organization, not theirs. We, as members, are the victims of the waste and malfeasance.

      It’s a double blow too because they’ve also sold us out on key legislation like Red Flag laws. Stay in the NRA. Get actively involved. Work with Allen West and Adam Kraut to take back our organization.

      1. @txgrunner Agree absolutely. It’s sad to see that so many people just want to cut and run rather than get involved and work for change. I’m a life member, also a SAF, GOA, and NAGR member, as well as local groups Iowa and Illinois. When I donate these days it’s mostly to SAF and GOA, they seem to have taken up the reins of the 2A movement. The NRA is the face of lawful gun owners and the big dog in DC and worth reformation, though.

  34. I read something about $15,000 being spent on rent for a young blonde intern. Anybody know about this?

      1. Thanks. I found that her name is Megan Allen and that $13,800 rent was for four months only during summer 2016.

  35. I don’t own a gun (yet) and I’m a member of the NRA – I have been for about 10 years now. However, something is deeply wrong with them now imo. And if hero Allen West is speaking out, well, that really is foreboding. I’m not going to renew my membership – at least not until they straighten up and I buy a gun.

    One other odd thing. The NRA is phone bombing me every day now – asking for donations, etc. My membership is still good for another year… but hounding me for money is a turn off.

    1. @muckjumper I don’t get calls from the NRA but I get them from others. Once I hear who it is I hang up.

    2. LaPierre and Cox come from a elitist hunting background. While they initially did some decent things, they’ve always been too quick to sell out gun rights of those at the margins (the ’94 assault weapons ban).

      Over the last 20 years, they’ve incrementally morphed the organization into a cash cow for their personal enrichment. They took power away from the BoD and gave it to the professional bureaucrats.

      We need the NRA (and the GOA and FPC and CCRKBA and SAF, etc.), but we need an honest organization dedicated to protecting our rights and promoting safe, responsible firearms ownership.

      It’s our organization, not theirs. If we’re going to take it back, we need all hands on deck and all decent members to get involved. Help folks like Allen West and Adam Kraut to take back the NRA for we the members.

      1. Momma doesn’t view this as a “need”. Happy wife, happy life. However, I will get one soon enough. Thanks for the encouragement. 😳

    3. @muckjumper Block the number. I’m a life member and they don’t call me, although I may have blocked them and forgotten. Rather than quit, remain a member. When you have 5 consecutive years you’ll be able to vote. Too many people want to quit rather than work for change. The Second Amendment Foundation and Gun Owners of America are two other very good groups.

      1. Fair enough. Will do.

        I looked up SAF and GOA (and FPC) from some of your other posts (and others’ posts too) and will investigate them also. I appreciate your advice and insight.

  36. It’s too bad what’s being done to the NRA. LaPierre thinks it’s his personal piggy bank, and the left is going to take them down. It isn’t like there are no alternatives for 2A supporters.

  37. I’m a lifetime member of the NRA. They called for money last week and I said “Nope. Not until you clean up your administrative spending mess.”

    I imagine a LOT more people like me are saying the same thing…..

    1. @churchillis-1 They don’t call me, I think that I’ll contact them. Now that I think about it, I don’t get emails from them either. I’ll check my spam folder. Groups that beg for money once or twice a day usually wind up there. I joined the FPC and I think that all they do is ask for donations.

      1. @squirrelly If you have 5 consecutive years, vote. Some of the board members want to clean it up, like West and Adam Kraut.

        1. Still inside that window and actually got the 5 year membership. Hopefully, they’ll have it cleaned up by the time renewal comes up.

  38. They should have kept Ollie North and let LaPierre go…big mistake by the NRA. The NRA needs to clean house and North would have been a good leader at the helm.

    1. They never had the option. Even if half of the BOD wanted to, they could only vote for candidates nominated by the nominating committee (NC). The NC is made up of LaPierre/Cox cronies and they only submitted one candidate per office — soviet style. Even if members of the BOD abstained, the NRA could “honestly” report the votes were unanimous.

      It was a travesty and the decent members of the BOD (there are some) were powerless to do anything about it.

  39. Sweatshirt and pants for over $6,000 and an ugly casual wear outfit for over $1,000? That’s when you know he’s not spending his own money or he has so much money he throws it away.

    Money corrupts. That’s when it’s time for them to go.

  40. $6,395 too much for one outfit that is so chicish, especially with that left arm in that pocket which is meant for looks only.Wayne it is obvious you were out shopping for you wife,but was forced to wear this outfit to show it was purchased for you..Nice attempt at the cover up though. Maybe you could have gotten away with it, if the Colors were three shades of green.

  41. I am currently in the Easy Pay Life program. Until this is squared away, I’m not giving NRA another cent.

    1. I’m a life member of the NRA, GOA, and scores of other right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) organizations. It’s our organization, not theirs. We, as members, are the victims of the waste and malfeasance.

      It’s a double blow too because they’ve also sold us out on key legislation like Red Flag laws. Stay in the NRA. Get actively involved. Work with Allen West and Adam Kraut to take back our organization.

      1. @txgrunner Agree absolutely. It’s sad to see that so many people just want to cut and run rather than get involved and work for change. I’m a life member, also a SAF, GOA, and NAGR member, as well as local groups Iowa and Illinois. When I donate these days it’s mostly to SAF and GOA, they seem to have taken up the reins of the 2A movement. The NRA is the face of lawful gun owners and the big dog in DC and worth reformation, though.

  42. I read something about $15,000 being spent on rent for a young blonde intern. Anybody know about this?

      1. Thanks. I found that her name is Megan Allen and that $13,800 rent was for four months only during summer 2016.

  43. I don’t own a gun (yet) and I’m a member of the NRA – I have been for about 10 years now. However, something is deeply wrong with them now imo. And if hero Allen West is speaking out, well, that really is foreboding. I’m not going to renew my membership – at least not until they straighten up and I buy a gun.

    One other odd thing. The NRA is phone bombing me every day now – asking for donations, etc. My membership is still good for another year… but hounding me for money is a turn off.

      1. Momma doesn’t view this as a “need”. Happy wife, happy life. However, I will get one soon enough. Thanks for the encouragement. 😳

    1. @muckjumper Block the number. I’m a life member and they don’t call me, although I may have blocked them and forgotten. Rather than quit, remain a member. When you have 5 consecutive years you’ll be able to vote. Too many people want to quit rather than work for change. The Second Amendment Foundation and Gun Owners of America are two other very good groups.

      1. Fair enough. Will do.

        I looked up SAF and GOA (and FPC) from some of your other posts (and others’ posts too) and will investigate them also. I appreciate your advice and insight.

    2. @muckjumper I don’t get calls from the NRA but I get them from others. Once I hear who it is I hang up.

    3. LaPierre and Cox come from a elitist hunting background. While they initially did some decent things, they’ve always been too quick to sell out gun rights of those at the margins (the ’94 assault weapons ban).

      Over the last 20 years, they’ve incrementally morphed the organization into a cash cow for their personal enrichment. They took power away from the BoD and gave it to the professional bureaucrats.

      We need the NRA (and the GOA and FPC and CCRKBA and SAF, etc.), but we need an honest organization dedicated to protecting our rights and promoting safe, responsible firearms ownership.

      It’s our organization, not theirs. If we’re going to take it back, we need all hands on deck and all decent members to get involved. Help folks like Allen West and Adam Kraut to take back the NRA for we the members.

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