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NRA Spending More on Lawyers as Revenue Falls, Membership Lags

  • Legal spending is part of NRA ‘fight for survival,’ group says
  • Revenue has been dropping since peak during 2016, records show
Letitia James has sued the National Rifle Association.
Letitia James has sued the National Rifle Association.Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

The National Rifle Association’s revenue is continuing to slide as record legal bills consume a growing share of its budget.

The gun-rights group generated $139.7 million in the first eight months of the year, an internal NRA document reviewed by Bloomberg shows. During the same time period, the NRA’s office of the general counsel spent more than $40 million, the documents showed. The organization’s annual revenue is on track to be the lowest in more than a decade as legal costs for 2022 approach $60 million, set to exceed previous records.