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  •  I read a great article (2+ / 0-)
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    pvasileff, tytalus

    in the Progressive Magazine about the NRA board, "Inside the NRA's Secret Council".
    In the article (and it is behind a subscription wall, unfortunately) it talks about the way the NRA runs it's board and nominates people:

    The NRA’s internal elections
    are tightly controlled. In most years, like 2012, they involve no more than 7 percent of NRA
    members. With gun rights such a hot issue among gun owners, why is turnout for the NRA’s own elections
    so small?
    One reason is that the NRA limits who can vote. You must be either an NRA life member, which costs
    $1,000, or an annual member ($35) for at least five consecutive years.
    Another reason relates to how a candidate for the seventy-six-member NRA board even gets his or her name on the ballot. It requires either a grassroots petition by members, which is rare, or an endorsement by the NRA’s ten-member Nominating Committee—the one Patti Clark sits on and was chair of in 2011 and 2012.
    Patti Clark is a resident of Newtown.

    It's a fascinating article about the inner workings of the board and how difficult it would be for rank and file members to change who is on the board.
    Last year was the first year that the NRA released a list of board members, up until then, a non-profit gun control group had been publishing an often out dated list.

    The newest member of the board is George Kollitides II, chief executive of one of America's largest consortiums of gun manufacturers
    Other members on the board:
    Robert K Brown ("Soldier of Fortune" magazine, editor)
    Idaho Senator Larry Craig
    Pete Brownell, CEO, Brownells, manufacturer of gun parts, tools and accessories
    Ronnie Barrett, CEO and owner of Barrett FireArms Manufacturing.
    The individual members still donate more than the gun manufacturers, but they have no voice in the make-up of the board.
    I wish I could link to the article and you may be able to access it here (from the April 2013 issue):

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Thu May 02, 2013 at 03:04:32 PM PDT

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