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By Safia Samee Ali
A controversial public infight within the National Rifle Association On Saturday, a head came up with the organization's president, Colonel Col. Oliver North, and quit that he will not return for a second term.
North planned to attend the Indianapolis National Congress on the weekend but instead of being present, Richard Childress, who serves as one of the NRA's current vice presidents, read a letter in his name.
"Please note, I was hoping to be with you today as Interim President, who is being recommended for re-election." Now I know it will not happen again, "Childress read more fully in front of a congress hall NRA members. "I've been a member of the NRA's Board for more than two decades and it was a great privilege to be your president this year."
North's withdrawal finds itself in the midst of a heated fight with Wayne LaPierre, the chairman of the board and the long-standing governing body of the NRA's spiritual leader. North LaPierre has reportedly asked to resign from its post earlier this week as the organization faces challenges related to fundraising and its charitable status, the New York Times reported.
The organization's 2016 election spending, including $ 36 million for Trump, has caused regulators in its New York charter base to become a threat
North told the organization Brass said he had formed a committee to investigate possible financial shortcomings of the organization, the Times reported. North also sent a letter to the board claiming that LePierre had charged a seller more than $ 200,000 for the purchase of wardrobes.
In response, LePierre sent a letter to the board of the NRA alleging that he was being blackmailed and pressured by North, who threatened to release "harmful" information about him if he had not resigned Journal. LaPierre said he declined and asked the members on board "to see what it is: a threat that intimidates and divides us."
The dispute between the two NRA Titans was partially triggered after the organization filed a lawsuit against advertising Ackerman McQueen claimed that the agency was not transparent with the use of NRA funds, according to the magazine. The NRA paid Ackerman McQueen $ 42.6 million in 2017, making it the largest provider in the group, the magazine said.
In the context of an emerging investigation by the regulators of the State of New York, which want to consider the tax exemption status of the NRA as a non-profit.
North, who accepted a "salary" from Ackerman McQueen, stated that the lawsuit had been filed without notice. Notice to the Chamber according to the letter read by Childress.
LaPierre claimed that North has "contractual and financial loyalty" to Ackerman McQueen and therefore protects her, according to the magazine.
North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, was named president of the NRA last year, and his term ends on Monday.
The 76-member NRA board will face urgent decisions at its meeting on Monday.