A filing in the New York lawsuit shows how it began in December 2013 and steadily grew more lucrative until the last document in April 2018. This is not just a retirement golden parachute, this is one trimmed with diamonds.
2013: $1 to $1.1 million per year for five years, upon retirement. Total of $5.4 million. Good for a part-time retirement job.
2018: $1.3 to $1.5 million for seven years, total of $10.3 million of members’ money, with note that “safe lodging” (his mansion?) and “secure transportation” ( the private leased jets) are extras.
Only the last is also signed by two officers from the board, as was required for all contracts obligating NRA for more than $100,000.
From the 2013 contract, “It can be said that you are exactly the kind of intelligent and enthusiastic individual who will contribute significantly to the NRA over the next five years.” That the president of NRA felt that, when handing LaPierre millions, he had to kiss his posterior in addition, says a lot.
Research: yes, the down payment for LaPierre’s mansion (to be purchased by NRA) was made in April 2018, about ten days before his 2018 contract was signed. The “safe lodging” he would receive in addition to his pay must refer to that. Add on a free $6 million mansion (since the contract says that and the private jets are not included in his pay, a tax-free mansion and private jets). A sweet retirement package, all funded by NRA’s members!
Mystery: the December 2013 contract isn’t written as if LaPierre’s retirement is indefinite, it doesn’t say “for five years after you retire.” Instead, it says the golden parachute will begin in 2014. Was LaPierre set to retire in January 2014, and then changed his mind?