David Dell’Aquila is the dissident NRA donor who has been working to dislodge Wayne LaPierre from his perch atop the National Rifle Association for almost two years now. He started a movement to get the Association’s big dollar donors to withhold their cash until the scandal-plagued Executive Vice President is gone.
Dell’Aquila claims his supporters have withheld more than $167 million in contributions to date.
Last year, Dell’Aquila filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against LaPierre, the NRA and the NRA Foundation. The intent was to expand the lawsuit into a class action on behalf of all members and donors to the NRA.
The suit claims that the NRA told donors their money would be used for . . .
…gun safety education; to promote shooting sports and hunter safety; to foster wildlife conservation; and to protect gun ownership rights in the United States.
Instead, as media reports and discovery have revealed, a lot of that cash was used for other things. As the suit argued . . .
Defendants’ statements concerning the use of the solicited funds were materially false. In reality, the NRA used the solicited funds for alternative purposes, including without limitation, the following:
a. By spending over $97,000 per day for the legal services of William A. Brewer, III during the first quarter of 2019, without obtaining documentation justifying such expense.
b. By spending approximately $2 million per month for the legal services of the Brewer, over a thirteen-month period, without obtaining documentation justifying such expense.
c. By spending $274,695 for clothing purchases for Defendant LaPierre from a Beverly Hills clothing store, without reporting such expenses as income for LaPierre in the reports filed by the NRA with the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”).
d. By spending $243,644 on luxury travel for Defendant LaPierre to the Bahamas; Palm Beach; Los Angeles; Reno, Nevada; Budapest, Hungary; and Italy, without reporting such compensation as income for LaPierre in the reports filed by the NRA with the IRS.
e. By making inflated payments to the NRA’s advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen, without obtaining documentation justifying such expense.
f. By spending $5,446.16 per month for a luxury apartment for Megan Allen, an intern in Fairfax, Virginia.
g. By spending funds for a board meeting for the NRA, to be held in Alaska, rather than in Fairfax, Virginia.
h. By paying Defendant LaPierre an annual salary of $1.4 million
Those were the claims made when the suit was filed back in August of 2019. More has been revealed since.
Dell’Aquila and a few other NRA Life Members have sunk a lot of their own money into the legal effort. He told TTAG that according to the bankruptcy court’s scheduling order, a proof of claim for the class should be submitted by May 24, 2021. As a result, Dell’Aquila is taking steps to retain an experienced class action law firm at this time. That is not an inexpensive proposition.
Dell’Aquila sent the following message to all of the supporters of his effort, alerting them of the need to raise the funds needed to take the lawsuit to the next level and included a GoFundMe link . . .
Good Morning Friends and Patriots,
You have visited my website “RetireLaPierre” and know that I am doing all that I can for our members to restore the NRA to a credible organization that NOW more than ever, must to focus on fighting for our 2nd Amendment rights.
As you may know, the NRA bankruptcy proceedings are currently ongoing in Dallas. A summary of the trail can be found here plus much more info on this website – CAUTION – it is like going down a rabbit hole. https://nrawatch.org/case/nra-
Many disturbing revelations have been uncovered during the trial proceedings, including this gem that LaPierre kept secret from his senior deputies and the entire board his intent to file bankrupcy! https://www.nytimes.com/2021/
After the NRA filed for bankruptcy, I was appointed by the US Trustee to serve as a member of the Unsecured Creditors Committee. I serve on this committee to represent YOU so that we can preserve our NRA from its own self-inflicted wounds and destruction.
On behalf of our members, I have filed a class action suit with the intention of removing LaPierre and his cronies. My next critical step is to certify that class action suit.
It is not often that I ask for assistance and have been going at this alone (except for a few members) non-stop, virtually 24 x 7. If you so desire, please consider donating to the legal fund as described below in the GoFundMe link. The organizer is a fellow life-member who initiated the campaign to help defray legal expenses.
Thank you for your consideration.