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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: $970,300 a year
By JIM WALLS
Dec. 24, 2012 — Wayne LaPierre didn’t say so, but the pro-gun spokesmodel has 970,000 reasons to stand firm against restrictions on semi-automatic weapons like those used to slaughter 27 schoolchildren and teachers in Newtown, Conn.
That’s how much the National Rifle Association paid LaPierre, its CEO and executive vice president for two decades, in 2010.
U.S. taxpayers subsidize those salaries. That’s because the NRA, as a tax-exempt organization, paid no federal taxes on its $227 million in income in 2010. Tax records show it paid LaPierre even more — $1,263,101 — in 2008.
Ironically, the NRA makes so much money by casting itself as steadfast defender of gun rights against a federal boogeyman that, LaPierre claims, wants to destroy the Second Amendment. No boogeyman, no $1 million salary.
Other top 2010 salaries at the NRA:
- $1,079,185 Kayne B. Robinson, executive director, general operations
- $666,128 Chris W. Cox, exec director, ILA
- $649,545 Wilson H. Phillips Jr., treasurer
- $502,296 Tyler Schropp, executive director, advancement
- $462,362 Edward J. Land Jr., secretary
- $396,860 Michael Marcellin, managing director
- $396,739 Joseph Graham, director of publications
- $363,997 Mary Corrigan, chief of staff
- $298,832 Robert Marcario, director, membership
You pay more taxes so the NRA doesn’t have to. Your tax dollars at work.