This article and others mention that Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary Committee says Russia funded the Trump election campaign via the NRA.
Assuming that this is true, what consequences does this imply for the NRA?
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So first off, the NRA is a non-profit organization that is funded largely through donations from people who agree with them. A quick read from google has found that it is fine for foreign nationals to donate to U.S. Charities, but such donations may not be tax deductible depending on a load of factors on the donor's side (usually). This happens all the time and the advice is that the Non-profit does need to identify an Alien Donation as they should re-frame from sending a thank you note suggesting that the donation is tax deductible because it's such a hot mess.
Per the article read, the NRA maintains that the sum was $2,500 and that they did not use that money for anything related to the 2016 campaign cycle. This suggests that they were aware of the foreign nature of the donation and decided to keep it separate from the donations of U.S. Citizens.
Unless there is proof that these Russians were acting on orders from the Russian Government, were asked for the money from Trump or an agent acting on his orders, and/or the NRA knew about their acting as a middle man, there is nothing criminal.
At best, the NRA will likely get an audit from the IRS and possible FBI Forensics Audit to determine how likely they gave the same money to the Trump Campaign. If there is a mistake there will likely be a fine against the NRA for the mismanaged money. It would still be difficult to prove the donation was willingly put into campaign funds to transfer to Trump and Trump arranged this laundering of funds.
I wasn't able to access that linked article.
However, doing a quick Google search finds the NRA reported receiving a grand total of $2,512.85 from "people associated with Russian addresses” or known Russian nationals living in the United States".
Trump is reported to have spent $957.6 million on the campaign. In that context, "funded" seems the wrong word to use for a paltry $2.5K, which the NRA says it didn't spend on election-related activities.
The accusation itself is obviously a lunacy. The NRA is a target of so much legal scrutiny that they have sufficient protections in place to make sure that they don't step outside the law. The most basic evidence for it is that they continue to survive despite the ire they face.
If the Democrat members of the committee did indeed sign off on that report, it means the NRA now has a new venue for advertising against those Democrats. They can accuse them of libel. Of course, they can't be sued for libel because, as members of Congress, they have immunity to libel for anything they say as part of their congressional duties. But this immunity is precisely why the NRA can make the accusation without having to prove it in court.