The Week reports:
The National Rifle Association planned to buy a roughly $6 million mansion in the Dallas area last year for use by CEO Wayne LaPierre, with help from the NRA’s former longtime advertising firm, Ackerman McQueen, multiple people tell The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
The NRA and Ackerman McQueen, locked in a bitter legal fight, don’t dispute that discussions took place to buy the mansion, but in competing statements Tuesday night, they offered sharply different accounts of who originated the idea, its purpose, and why the deal fell apart.
Ackerman McQueen said LaPierre asked the firm for help buying the mansion, it refused, and “actions in this regard led to Ackerman McQueen’s loss of faith in Mr. LaPierre’s decision-making.”
SCOOP: NRA leader Wayne LaPierre was in talks to have the group’s former ad agency help buy him a $5 million, 10,000 sq ft. Dallas mansion before the deal fell through. Details of the 2018 discussions recently were provided to the NY AG’s office. https://t.co/WNmlNkHFun
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— Mark Maremont (@MarkMaremont) August 7, 2019
Breaking —> Documents show the NRA planned to purchase a $6 million mansion for Wayne LaPierre, an uncompleted transaction that is now under scrutiny by investigators, @CarolLeonnig & @bethreinhard report https://t.co/g7A1rYoMge
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) August 7, 2019
BREAKING: Documents show @NRA discussions to purchase Dallas mansion for Wayne LaPierre; 10,000-square-foot estate with lakefront and golf course views had four-bedrooms, nine-baths and was in a gated golf course community resembling a French chateau. 🤴 https://t.co/70PMeupUZw
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 7, 2019