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National Rifle Association leader Oliver North announced on Saturday that he would not, as usual, seek a second term as chairman of the Gun Rights Group.
His action is de facto a resignation from the organization after more than two decades at the blackboard.
North's decision to turn away from the organization comes within the dispute within the group and follows a series of articles from The New Yorker The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times which details the allegations of financial mismanagement by senior NRA officials.
"The current situation," wrote North in a letter to members of the NRA, means that the organization's "non-profit status" is in danger.
The announcement shocked the hundreds of NRA members and donors assembled at the Indian National NRA Annual Meeting on Saturday – the message was filled with absolute silence.
North – perhaps best for his r It was expected that he would participate in the Iran-Contra affair of the Reagan era himself, but his chair on the stage was empty.
"Please know that I had hoped, today as NRA President To you, who has been approved for re-election, "North wrote in a letter to the NRA's First Vice President Richard Childress NRA membership," I am now informed that this will not happen. "
North said there was a "clear crisis" within the organization that needed to be "promptly and responsibly treated so that the NRA can continue to focus on protecting the second change." North
North said he was approached in the spring of 2018 by NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre and asked him to retire from Fox News to become president of the weapons law group.
North said he accepted an employee position with Ackerman McQueen, one of the NRA's best-known external contractors, under the agreement. The presidents of the NRAs usually receive no salary from the organization.
He said that after starting as President in September 2018, "he was confronted with board members and donors of the NRA," which the association would pay for as a law firm. His attempts to tackle the problem were "repeatedly denied." He also explained that he had set up a "crisis committee" to deal with the allegations before leaving.
The NRA has recently filed a lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen, who for decades serves as an external group shaping NRA messaging. The lawsuit alleges that the company refuses to comply with requests for invoicing. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal the company said the lawsuit was "reckless, inaccurate, and intended to damage our company's reputation."
The NRA was spiked into internal turmoil a vulnerable time. In the 2018 interim elections, it was issued by arms control groups. Public financial information indicates that fundraising is lagging behind and that the organization has a deficit. Congressional investigators were eager to investigate the organization's donors.