National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer will retire after serving the organization for 44 years.
“Marion Hammer’s name has become synonymous with the Second Amendment and with the NRA. She is a dynamic and legendary advocate who has led the way with many laws that started in Florida and then served as a blueprint across the country. For more than 40 years, I have been in the trenches with Marion for landmark fights, including Right-to-Carry, Castle Doctrine and other life-saving, pro-hunting and pro-Second Amendment laws. I am grateful that Marion will stay on as an advisor to the Association – so our members can continue to benefit from her expertise and defense of their freedoms,” Executive vice president and CEO of the NRA Wayne LaPierre recently said in a statement.
While Marion’s lobbying days are over for the organization, she will remain on at the organization as an advisor, a move that is already being criticized.
LaPierre continued, “I am grateful that Marion will stay on as an advisor to the Association – so our members can continue to benefit from her expertise and defense of their freedoms.”
From the New York Attorney General’s complaint, we have learned that Wayne LaPierre negotiated consulting contracts with Hammer that greatly benefited her. As a result, Marion Hammer’s annual pay went up from $150,000 to $220,000 during this period, which is not negligible. It should also be noted that this was never approved by the NRA’s president or vice president.
As was reported in The Truth About Guns:
The lawsuit alleges that Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s longtime CEO, negotiated consulting contracts in 2017 and 2018 with Hammer, who sits on the NRA board, that increased her annual pay from $150,000 to $168,000 and then to $220,000. The final contract, approved in April 2018, was for 10 years.
LaPierre did not receive approval from the NRA’s president or vice president before the contracts were executed, according to the lawsuit.
Hammer also received grants that the NRA paid to Unified Sportsmen of Florida. LaPierre testified that Hammer receives $400,000 a year in total from the NRA, according to the filing.
As NRA in Danger, a group of NRA members looking to fix the organization and its many issues, has pointed out that Hammer will make an additional $2.2 Million from the nonprofit if she remains an advisor for the remainder of her contract.
Marion Hammer has also received a pound of flesh from the United Sportsmen of Florida organization. Hammer received $110,000 from the USF every year, which is problematic because it received 95% of its income from the NRA. It has also been alleged that Marion Hammer has received several illegal loans from the organization over the years.
It should be clear to everyone that the NRA is an incredibly corrupt organization. At this point and time, it might be more beneficial to the fight for the 2nd Amendment if the organization is punished for these alleged wrongdoings.