Posted on August 06 2018
...as previously discussed (at length) see NY DFS-v-NRA entry found here. This action wasn’t about “coercion” or a “back channel campaign, to selectively prosecute the NRA” this Consebt Decree is based on the incontrovertible fact that the NRA is NOT licensed to market, sell or receive “a kick back” of various insurance policies.
Lockton (a global insurance carrier) Lockton Cos., LLC and its affiliate Lockton Affinity, LLC have agreed to pay a $7 million fine as part of a consent order
NRA, NY is targeting us Lawsuit...
Over the weekend Rolling Stone Published an article that cited the aforementioned case and one particular sentence in the NRA 45 page complaint. Let’s go ahead and break down the NRA’s July 20, 2018 filing, shall we?
In reading the NRA’s opening paragraph, it clearly sets the “tone” of their complaint. And by tone, I mean the NRA went full on NRA. Never ever go full NRA, it tends to make you sound like a brigade of Drama Llamas that traffic in QAnon-ish nonsense.
This case is necessitated by an overt viewpoint-based discrimination campaign against the NRA and the millions of law-abiding gun owners that it represents. Directed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, this campaign involves selective prosecution, backroom exhortations, and public threats...deprive the NRA and its constituents of their First Amendment rights to speak freely about gun-related issues and defend the Second Amendment.
Defendants engaged in back-channel communications to reinforce their intended purpose. Simply put, Defendants made it clear to banks and insurers that it is bad business in New York to do business with the NRA.
As a matter of history, yes it is true that the NRA and the State of New York have a very long & somewhat congenial relationship. None of that is material to the “claims” asserted by the NRA. Furthermore the Department of Financial Services (DFS) charter, scope and authority is not nor should be questioned as it relates to the Consent Decree.
NRA spends tens of millions of dollars annually distributing pamphlets, fact sheets, articles, electronic materials, and other literature to advocate for its views on the Second Amendment and to assist NRA members engaging in national, state, and local firearm dialogue.
The organization’s online video channel, NRATV, broadcasts original programming including three dozen original series. NRATV’s content consists substantially of political speech. (emphasis added)
Nothing in the NRA’s retaliatory Federal Complaint changes the incontrovertible FACTS that the NRA is not licenses to “offer” insurance to the residents of New York. At no time in the “insurance policies” the NRA members purchased is it every disclosed that the NRA pockets a percentage of the Insurance policy and subsequent monthly premiums.
And now the moment you’ve been waiting for, you know the moment where the NRA goes from fringe mainstream to straight up coo coo for Cocoa Puffs..
Cuomo’s Political Vendetta Against The NRA.
Cuomo has a history of abusing his regulatory power to retaliate against his political opponents on gun control issues...
Cuomo coordinated a campaign of lawsuits (nearly all dismissed) against gunmakers that purported to hold them liable for crimes committed in public housing projects using illegally obtained firearms.
🚨Sidebar 🚨According to GunControl-pro-con which tracks gun violence and gun related deaths, 1999 to 2015, some 533,879 Americans have died as a direct result of a gun. See their report found here.
On pages 9 & 10 the NRA conflates regulatory enforcement with a predictable NRA playbook; see those liberals hate the NRA, they hate NRA members and they are coming for your guns. Again the factual basis of the DFS Consent Decree is the NRA (by NY Law) is not licensed nor does it have the proper permits to “market, sell and receive kickbacks” from the various NRA-branded insurance policies.
Under intense scrutiny, both firms were coerced to terminate their business arrangements with the NRA and its members—including arrangements having nothing to do with the allegedly unlawful conduct cited by DFS.
It’s interesting to me that neither Lockton or Chub are party to this NRA Complaint. In fact months before the DFS made their May 2018 Announcement, Lockton issued this statement via twitter:
Lockton Affinity has notified the NRA that it will discontinue providing brokerage services for NRA-endorsed insurance programs under the terms of its contract.— Lockton (@Lockton) February 27, 2018
Which is odd because Chubb & Illinois Union Insurance Co also entered into a Consent Decree with DFS and agreed to notify its customers and pay a $1.3M fine. See 12 page Consent Order, here.
...which found the NRA “Carry Guard” insurance program unlawfully provided liability insurance to gun owners for acts of intentional wrongdoing, and improperly provided legal services insurance for costs and expenses, for any act of self-defense covered under the policy for gun owners and their resident family members who may be charged with a crime involving a legally possessed firearm. Lockton Affinity is licensed by the Department to act as an excess line insurance broker. The NRA, which does not have a license from DFS to conduct insurance business in New York, actively marketed and solicited for the “Carry Guard” program through a website, email, and direct mail, among other channels.
This is how intellectually dishonest the NRA really is. In one paragraph they conceed the authority of DFS but in the next breath the NRA claims “this is gun control”. Listen here NRA, this is WHY so many of us think you’re a terrorist organization. You act like thugs and you contort the truth and in most cases you just blatantly lie:
Article 2, § 201, provides the superintendent of DFS with formidable authority to, among other things, “ensure the continued solvency, safety, [and] soundness” of banks and insurance companies. Accordingly, DFS directives regarding “risk management” must be taken seriously by financial institutions—as risk-management deficiencies can result in fines of hundreds of millions of dollars.
DFS’s regulatory mandate does not include setting gun-control policy. Nor does any statute or other authority empower DFS to blacklist, from receipt of insurance or banking services, speakers with political viewpoints objectionable to the governor or DFS superintendent.
The absurdity that the NRA “claims” the DFS enforcement would make the NRA broke. I literally can not stop laughing; 1) the NRA foundation has tens of millions in stone cold cash 2) NRA members pay a membership fee 3) in 2016 the NRA spent >$30M on Trump (it’s debatable that windfall of cash wasn’t from Russia but I suppose that’s none of my business).
See NRA Foundation IRS 990 Twitter thread below:
Nonprofit Explorer - THE NRA FOUNDATION INC - Form 990 https://t.co/nUlfyjusXa #— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) May 17, 2018
See NRA FEC Twitter Thread below:
So @NRA @NRAILA— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) July 22, 2018
Quick question for you:
Unitemized Individual Contributions: $11,860,457.64
WHO and WHERE did this dark money come from?
Also StarBoard Strategy, Money Laundering much?
All you Gun nuts-traitor-tots get in the barrelhttps://t.co/UfNOfGMRbk
Oh heck see this NRA thread within a thread within yet another thread:
Dear @NRA @NRAILA— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) July 16, 2018
You do understand that the Torshin tweets super problematic, right?
Also I’m pretty sure the CLC @FEC filed about 74 minutes ago. It’s just the beginning.
You lay down with Russian dogs, you will get fleas https://t.co/LoaHVnPKU5
New York’s response to NRA’s Complaint
And as expected the New York Attorney General Underwood, submitted this brutal response to the above entitled matter of NRA v Cuomo, DFS et al. For most people, it is likely you’ll completely miss this NEW news, stated the first paragraph of NY’s preliminary statement:
DFS is also currently investigating the NRA for violations of the Insurance Law for the NRA’s role in the marketing and sale of these illegal policies in New York.
The reality is the NY DFS was and is within its rights to enforce the NY laws and regulations as it relates to Insurance. Yet the NRA attempts to do a switch and bait, while ginning up its own unhinged base to scream; OMFG the liberals are going to take your guns.
You’ll note that nothing in the aforementioned Consent Decrees/Orders even remotely touches Gun Control and at no time in the NRA’s Complaint do they provide any evidence of the State of New York engaging in ant sort of conspiracy that would 1) chill the NRA’s first amendment; or 2) interfere with the NRA’s lawful collection of revenue streams (again the NRA does not have the proper insurance license or permits to “offer” insurance in the State of New York); or 3) take guns away from law abiding citizens of New York.
in sum the NRA lawsuit is frivolous, has zero merit and I’m glad that the New York A.G. filed a motion to dismiss the NRA’s Complaint with Prejudice. Sorry NOT Sorry.
And lastly the only one I see conspiring is the NRA + Russia + Trump = indictments
Dear @NRA @GOP— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) July 17, 2018
Quick question for you, why was Mariia Butina at your 2015 NRA Conference in Nashville,TN?
Also maybe some are unaware of VK, Spicy is AWARE
I found 1,479 pictures and TONS of data
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