A new complaint in a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association against its former advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen, alleges that the firm engaged in “a stunning pattern of corruption, fraud, and retaliation” that nearly topped the organization’s CEO.
The complaint filing from October 25 first reported by the Daily Beast, also claims the gun rights organization’s infamous “culture war” publicity strategy was largely constructed by Ackerman McQueen — and that NRA executives found its work “distasteful and racist.”
In response, Ackerman McQueen argues — as its executive vice president Bill Powers did in an email to me — that the complaint is only an effort to hide the fact that the NRA is “self-destructing.” Ackerman McQueen accuses the NRA of committing fraud itself and of covering up a vast number of misdeeds, including allegations of sexual harassment.
NRATV maker hits back at the NRA over "racist" charge: You're just covering for your own "systemic" corruption https://t.co/KhiPxCRiy7
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 29, 2019
The NRA alluded to a specific segment featuring longtime NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who featured a graphic of children’s cartoon character Thomas the Tank Engine wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood.https://t.co/N4inhFka6F
— Salon (@Salon) October 29, 2019
NRATV racist and vile? The hell you say! https://t.co/Lf6UXsTLWt
— Wonkette (@Wonkette) October 29, 2019
Ackerman has a new statement responding to the NRA's claim that they thought NRATV content was "racist."
"However, if the NRA wants to conduct a public conversation about distasteful and racist, they should consider their systemic behavior," Ackerman said. pic.twitter.com/0drr1a1A8I
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) October 29, 2019