Just days earlier, LaPierre claimed in a letter to board members that he was being both pressured to give up his post and extorted by North, 75, a former Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who was named president of the NRA last May. LaPierre’s letter was first reported on by the Wall Street Journal.
According to the Journal, LaPierre warned in his own letter that Ackerman McQueen, the NRA’s largest outside advertising firm, was prepared to send a document to the group’s board at the direction of North that contained “a devastating account of our financial status, sexual harassment charges against a staff member, accusations of wardrobe expenses and excessive staff travel expenses.”
“I believe the purpose of the letter was to humiliate me, discredit our Association, and raise appearances of impropriety that hurt our members and the Second Amendment,” LaPierre reportedly wrote, adding that it would be “bad for me” and “two other members” of the group’s executive team.
A spokesman for Ackerman McQueen did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Oklahoma-based firm was sued by the NRA earlier this month over allegations that it was deliberately concealing details about how it was spending millions of dollars received by the group. read more at Politico