Monday, May 27, 2024

State AG News: DC AG Resolves Arabella Advisors & NRA Foundation Cases, TX AG Draws Criticism from Pope Francis

DC_Attorney_General_Seal 1200px-Seal_of_Texas_Attorney_General.svgState authorities and particularly Attorneys General offices continue to be at the forefront of nonprofit oversight. Several recent items of note:

  • Politico reports that District of Columbia Attorney General Brian Schwalb has ended his investigation of Arabella Advisors, according to an attorney for nonprofits that are overseen by the for-profit consulting firm. As previously reported in this space, the complaint against Arabella Advisors that led to the investigation was apparently in response to a complaint against several Leonard Leo-affiliated nonprofits that led to an DC AG investigation into those groups. It appears that investigation is still ongoing.
  • The DC Attorney General also announced a settlement of a lawsuit against the NRA Foundation that will "require thorough oversight and extensive operational changes to ensure that the Foundation operates independently from the NRA and fully complies with District nonprofit laws." The NRA also issued a press release about the settlement. The lawsuit related to allegations that the NRA had improperly controlled the Foundation, including using Foundation funds inappropriately. Coverage: N.Y. Times; Washington Post.
  • The San Antonio Current reports that Pope Francis has criticized Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for attempting to shut down a Catholic charity that assists immigrants, as previously reported in this space. According to the report, in response to question about the lawsuit brought by the Texas AG Pope Francis said: "That is madness. Sheer madness. To close the border and leave them there, that is madness. The migrant has to be received. Thereafter you see how you are going to deal with him. Maybe you have to send him back, I don't know, but each case ought to be considered humanely, right?" Other coverage: San Antonio Express-News.

Lloyd Mayer

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