- Four members of the National Rifle Association’s board of directors have resigned in recent days, as the organisation endures infighting and controversy over its leadership and finances.
- Julie Golob, a professional sport shooter, announced in a statementMonday that she would not complete the full three-year term she had committed to.
- Three others resigned August 1, writing in a letter that their confidence in the NRA’s leadership was “shattered.”
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Another member of the National Rifle Association’s board of directors resigned Monday, becoming the fourth to do so in less than two weeks as the gun-rights group endures an internal crisis over its leadership and finances.
Julie Golob, a professional sport shooter, announced in a statementMonday that she would not complete the full three-year term she had committed to. She did not explain why she was resigning.
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to represent the members of the National Rifle Association but I can no longer commit to fulfilling the duties of a director,” she wrote. “This was not a decision I made lightly.”
Golob’s resignation comes on the heels of three other board members who questioned allegations of excessive spending by the organisation’s chief executive Wayne LaPierre.
Esther Schneider of Texas, Sean Maloney of Ohio, and Timothy Knight of Tennessee said they were removed from their committee assignments after raising their concerns, according to The Washington Post, which obtained their joint letter to NRA officials on August 1.
“While our belief in the NRA’s mission remains as strong today as ever, our confidence in the NRA’s leadership has been shattered,” the letter said.
Concerns over finances and conflicts of interest
NRA president Carolyn Meadows told INSIDER in a statement that the organisation appreciated Golob’s service on the board.
“We are pleased to see that Julie, a gifted shooter, will continue to support the NRA’s programs and we proudly welcome her ongoing support of our organisation,” Meadows said.
The organisation has been wracked by months of infighting and controversy, prompting the ouster of former NRA president Oliver North in April.
North had reportedly questioned LaPierre over expensing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of clothes, a car and driver, and rent for a summer intern, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Additionally, more than a dozen of the organisation’s 76 board of directors members received NRA money in recent years, according to a recent Washington Post investigation. The revelation sparked concerns about potential conflicts of interest.
Prosecutors in New York and Washington, D.C., have also launched investigations into the organisation’s finances.
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