I swear this was not meant to be “Dump on the NRA Day”. It really wasn’t but I just got sent some stuff that needs to be out there as questions must be raised.
If you attended the Meeting of Members at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, you might remember a short Filipino lady seeking out the youngest and oldest Life Member for recognition. That was Mille Hallow who has served as Wayne LaPierre’s right hand since 1996. According to her bio with the National Foundation for Women Legislators where she serves as Secretary, she is the Managing Director, Executive Operations. Earlier according to the same bio, she served as the Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She went by Mildred Bautista then.
Here is where it gets interesting and, frankly, a bit disturbing.
THE D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is facing its toughest test. Eight weeks ago, the city’s corporation counsel, followed by the U.S. attorney; began investigating possible misuse of $16,00: in commission funds by its executive director, Mildred Bautista.
When the probe began, the arts community in Washington was shocked. Then it was learned that Bautista, a $45,000-a-year appointee who also served as the mayor’s cultural adviser, had left another job in Michigan 12 years ago after officials there discovered she had falsified a resume’.
Bautista resigned her post here, saying: “I have done wrong. I have misused public funds and betrayed the public trust. I feel regret and sadness about my sins, particularly to the many people, friends and associates who have placed their faith in me.”
If only it had just been padding the resume. You can read more about the resume issue in Ann Arbor, Michigan here.
From the Washington Post, August 18, 1984:
Mildred Bautista, former executive director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, yesterday was given a suspended prison sentence and placed on three years probation in connection with charges she stole more than $23,000 in commission funds.
In handing down the sentence, D.C. Superior Court Judge Joseph M. Ryan delivered a stinging commentary, blaming the city’s government for not adequately monitoring the use of the District’s money.
Bautista, 37, a $45,000-a-year mayoral appointee, pleaded guilty in June to a single charge of first-degree theft, for which she could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
While suspending a prison term of 20 months to five years for Bautista and placing her on unsupervised probation, Ryan also ordered her to reimburse $23,691 to the city.
A couple of years later, the then-Ms. Bautista was removed from an arts commission in Fairfield, California when it was discovered she had pleaded guilty to “felony theft in connection with the embezzlement charges.”
Coming on the heels of the revelation that the previous CFO of the NRA, Wilson “Woody” Phillips, had embezzled funds in a prior job, you have to ask yourself who the hell is doing anything about due diligence in Fairfax. The answer is obviously no one.
The other question that should be asked is why a prohibited person is in a position of authority with a gun rights organization. While I believe in redemption for our sins, at the very least it is bad optics.
Given her past it is reasonable to assume that she may have been beholden to anyone who knew the details and kept quiet about it. People like her boss Wayne LaPierre and the NRA’s outside counsel William Brewer who reportedly kept “burn books” on key NRA staff.
Now think back to Wayne LaPierre’s letter to the Board of Directors of April 25th. The letter said that Oliver North had relayed to Millie Hallow what Wayne described as an extortion attempt by AckMac. If Wayne went quietly then nothing would be released. It was on the basis of this letter that Col. North was bounced as NRA President, a slate of new officers loyal to Wayne were installed, and the whole myth about a “coup” began. After serving Wayne for 23 years and having a blemished past, don’t you think Ms. Hallow’s notes might have been edited after the fact to say whatever her boss wanted it to say?
As they say in the military when a commander is removed from his or her post, the person was removed “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to lead and command.” I have long lost confidence that Wayne LaPierre has the ability to lead and effectively manage (command) the NRA.