January 18, 2019

Action Alert:
Tell Senator Burr to Recuse Himself from NRA-Russia Investigation


During the 2016 election cycle, the NRA illegally coordinated with the re-election campaign of Republican Senator Richard Burr. The same media company, using different names (National Media/Red Eagle), placed pro-Burr TV ads in North Carolina for both the NRA and Burr campaign. This was a violation of federal laws designed to prevent independent groups from synchronizing their efforts with political campaigns.

The NRA illegally coordinated with Senator Burr’s campaign on TV ads in 2016.

All told, the NRA spent $5.6 million in attack ads against Burr’s Democratic opponent for Senate, Deborah Ross. That figure was twice the amount they spent for any other House or Senate candidate. Unfortunately, both the broken Federal Election Commission and Republican-controlled Senate have refused to address this criminality.

Now, Senator Burr is chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and overseeing an investigation that involves the NRA’s ties to the government of Vladimir Putin! The committee has already interviewed key witnesses, including Trump campaign official Sam Nunberg, who was a contact of NRA operative Paul Erickson.

Senator Burr is facing a glaring conflict of interest in overseeing investigation into the NRA. He should recuse himself from these matters immediately.

Please contact Senator Burr through one of the channels below and give him the following message, personalized to your liking:

Senator Burr, I appreciate that you have worked in a collegial fashion with the ranking member on the intelligence committee, Senator Mark Warner, on the Russia investigation. But it troubles me deeply that you continue to oversee the committee’s investigation into Russia’s penetration of the NRA during the 2016 election cycle. Senator, FEC documents show your campaign coordinated illegally with the NRA during that election. In 2016,  you received twice the amount the NRA gave any other House or Senate candidate. All told, the NRA has given you more than $7 million in political contributions to date. You have absolutely no business investigating NRA activity that is potentially criminal in nature until you fully answer questions about your political activity with the NRA in 2016. You have a serious conflict of interest in these matters and should turn them over to someone else on the committee who can be objective. You will be retiring soon anyway. American democracy demands an impartial investigation into the NRA’s work with Vladimir Putin’s government. 

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), chair of Senate Intelligence Committee  
Phone: (202) 224-3154
Email via webform: https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorRichardBurr/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenatorBurr

Bonus contact info if you’d like to CC Senator Mark Warner, ranking member on Sen. Intelligence Committee
Phone: (202) 224-2023
Email via webform: https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactPage
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkRWarner/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkWarner

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