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NRA’s biggest donor is magazine magnate who died 12 years ago and whose family foundation has given $56 MILLION to the gun lobbying organization over the past decade

DAILY MAIL.CO.UK July 17, 2019 – The National Rifle Association’s biggest donor has been revealed as a magazine magnate and avid hunter who died 12 years ago. According to The New York Times, Robert E. Petersen is at the top of the list for NRA donors. Petersen is known for his publishing empire, which includes magazines such as Tiger Beat, Motor Trend, Guns & Ammo and Sassy. His family’s foundation has given $56 million to the NRA and its affiliates over the past decade.

Petersen’s donations were revealed by the Times, which compiled a list of more than 1,000 benefactors for the NRA. In 2018, the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation donated $8 million worth of firearms to the NRA’s charitable group, according to the Times. The foundation has also given the NRA’s charity $10 million in cash since 2015. However, the Petersen money is also about to end, a spokesperson for the foundation said. The foundation told the Times that it has plans to stop payments to the NRA by 2021. 

Other donors who give more than $1million include cardiologist and game hunter, Dr Arnold W. Goldschlager, and Joseph R. Gregory, a Tennessee businessman who co-chairs the Ring of Freedom. 

The NRA has been embroiled in legal battles and internal disputes on several fronts over the past year. 

Besides Oliver North’s departure as president, the NRA’s top lobbyist, Chris Cox, recently resigned after he had been placed on leave for what now-CEO Wayne LaPierre claimed was his role in seeking to oust him.

Just weeks before the NRA’s annual meeting this past May, the NRA filed a lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen, the Oklahoma-based public relations firm that has earned tens of millions of dollars shaping the gun lobby’s talking points. 

The NRA has accused Ackerman McQueen of refusing to hand over financial records to account for its billings. 

That has taken on greater importance as the attorney general in New York, where the NRA is chartered, has launched an investigation into the NRA’s operations, a probe that threatens its status as a non-profit.  [Read More]

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