Campaign Coordination Inquiry

Congressional Letter to NRA Attorneys Concerning Campaign Spending

July 19, 2019

Filing Summary

Explosive investigative reporting by The Trace revealed media buyers for the NRA’s purportedly independent campaign expenditures were simultaneously doing similar work on behalf of the campaigns they were supporting, including several high-profile U.S. Senate races and President Trump’s campaign. Federal election law bars campaigns and independent groups from coordinating their spending.

This letter, from Rep. Jamie Raskin and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse to a law firm representing the NRA and target media companies, is a follow-up to a February 2019 letter probing whether that media companies the NRA reportedly used to purchase political ads were also employed by the Trump campaign and other Republicans. Among other items, the letter takes issue with the firm’s refusal to provide information to the congressional members.