For months, the media has been reporting on a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the alleged connection between Russia and the National Rifle Association (NRA). Media reports have alleged that Russia has cultivated relationships with right-wing populist movements all over the world and covertly exerted political and financial influence. The NRA spent more than $30 million on Trump's electoral campaign and Russian Oligarch Alexander Torshin may have illegally funneled large sums of money to the NRA for the campaign. On July 16, the DOJ unsealed a criminal complaint against a Russian national, Maria Butina, following her arrest for secretly acting as a Russian agent and infiltrating groups including the NRA for the purpose of advancing the Russian Federation, under the direction of a Russian government official. Although unnamed, Butina was also assisted in her efforts by a U.S. political operative.
Normally Congress would launch an investigation into what effect Butina, Torshin and others might have had on political decision making, why they considered the NRA to be a useful conduit, and if the NRA was aware of being such a tool. Urge your representatives to call for a congressional investigation into the NRA's involvement in these activities.
One call to make: Representative Richmond or Scalise
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm a constituent from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling today to urge the congressman to demand an investigation into the NRA's role in the activities of Russian operatives in their attempt to influence the American political process and to funnel money and influence through the organization. It is absolutely critical for Congress to thoroughly investigate and report to constituents any findings they discover.
Thank you for your time and attention.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied].
This call is adapted from 5Calls.org, which can be viewed in its entirety here.