Someone leaked some NRA internal documents that explain Oliver North’s concerns about Wayne LaPierre’s spending as CEO at the NRA. The following expenses were billed to the NRA’s ad agency, Ackerman McQueen, Inc.
–$39,000 for one day of shopping at a Beverly Hills boutique
–$18,300 for a car and driver in Europe
–$13,800 rent for a summer intern
–$200,000 for air transportation for one month
–$40,000 for transportation from Washington, D.C. to the Bahamas on December 17, 2012
–$29,000 for transportation from the Bahamas to Dallas on January 3, 2013
–$6,000 for Four Seasons hotel lodging for a 2014 trip to Italy and Budapest (hotbeds for gun discussions)
The NRA has said that the expenses were necessary for “donor outreach” and were approved.
The approval is not the issue. The wisdom of the expenses is. When, oh when, will CEOs resist the temptation to spend other people’s money. From Nissan’s Ghosn to GE’s Immelt and way back to Kozlowski at Tyco, Thain at Merrill,and cabinet secretaries, here’s some advice: Spend your own money like those of us who have to buy our own clothes out of our own budgets and still manage to be dressed appropriately. Buy your own furniture. And find some way to stay in touch with those who must live on a budget and yet still manage to give generously to others. In short, staying out of private jets, private limos, and the Four Seasons will give you a taste of how donors, employees, and many shareholders live. Prick your consciences with reality.