Update: The CREDO poll now has more than 89,000 signatures. On May 16, 2018, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a report titled, “Preliminary Findings About Trump Campaign’s Effort to Obtain Incriminating Information on Secretary Clinton from Russia at Trump Tower Meeting.” It stated:
“The Committee has obtained a number of documents that suggest the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association as a means of accessing and assisting Mr. Trump and his campaign. Two individuals involved in this effort appear to be Russian nationals Alexander Torshin and Maria Butina. Mr. Torshin is a Putin ally and the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia, and Ms. Butina served as his assistant. She also founded Right to Bear Arms, the Russian equivalent of the NRA, and started a business with former Trump supporter and adviser Paul Erickson. Both Mr. Torshin and Ms. Butina have longstanding ties to ex-NRA president, David Keene, and in 2013, hosted him in Russia for a pro-gun conference. During the campaign, Mr. Torshin, Ms. Butina, and their intermediaries repeatedly offered the campaign back channels to Russia and relayed requests from President Putin to meet with Mr. Trump. The Kremlin may also have used the NRA to secretly fund Mr. Trump’s campaign. The extent of Russia’s use of the NRA as an avenue for connecting with and potentially supporting the Trump campaign needs examination.”
Credo just launched a petition calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to “conduct a full investigation into the allegations that the NRA helped funnel Russian money into the 2016 U.S. elections.”
Earlier this month, McClatchy broke the story that the NRA is under investigation by the FBI. The FBI is investigating whether Russian Central Bank head Alexander Torshin illegally funneled money to the NRA to help elect Donald Trump president.
The NRA’s relationship with the government of Vladimir Putin dates back to at least 2011 when Torshin was introduced to then-NRA president David Keene. Since that time, Torshin has attended 4 NRA meetings in the U.S. And NRA leaders have made reciprocal trips to Moscow to meet with Torshin and other Putin lieutenants.
In 2016, the NRA spent record money—more than $70 million according to some sources. It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections in the United States.
Please sign Credo’s petition and tell the Senate to investigate NRA collusion with the government of Vladimir Putin:
Share the petition link, too. If you get additional people to sign the petition, you can report those actions here (you will have to wait 24 hours to report each new action).
Once you’ve signed the petition, click the orange banner below to report taking action!