Butina's years-long efforts included attempts to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) and ingratiate herself with influential conservatives.
Ackerman McQueen told Newsweek that its former employee engaged in "outright fabrications." The employee said he's "proud to speak the truth."
The NRA recently dropped a lawsuit against San Francisco after officials said a resolution calling for a review of NRA business relationships was non-binding.
The NRA lawsuit may have to face protracted litigation as lower courts have generally looked favorably upon modest gun restrictions.
The group was also outspent by organizations such as Everytown and Giffords, which invested heavily in the Virginia legislative races.
Dan Boren had been ensnared in some of the NRA's legal disputes during a period of unprecedented internal turmoil at the organization.
Carolyn Meadows is a relatively new NRA president, although she is a longtime member of the organization.
The two quarreled over whether the NRA had a right to review documents related to the attorney general's investigation into its tax-exempt status.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, Everytown for Gun Safety has spent over $1 million during this election cycle on Democratic candidates and committees.
This latest period of turmoil began late Friday night, when the NRA filed an amended complaint in the group's ongoing lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen in federal court in Dallas.
San Francisco argued that because its resolution was non-binding and did not result in any official action being taken, the NRA lacked standing to sue the city.
"The lurid facts underlying the dispute between North and LaPierre, and whether North is being singled out from other directors, is not relevant to what is in front of me," the judge said.
The NRA's recent slump in spending comes as the gun rights group is experiencing an unprecedented level of scrutiny owing to a widening financial and governance scandal.
"I'm not a 'sports' type guy but I will definitely be going to @Dicks," Jeff Rodenkirch wrote.
The New York Attorney General has sued the National Rifle Association and its former PR firm over what she alleges is a pattern of obstruction from the nation's largest gun-rights group.
It is unknown if the IRS is currently probing the NRA's tax-exempt status, and the agency does not comment on pending or potential investigations.
In an e-mail to the NRA's board of directors that was obtained by Newsweek, LaPierre celebrated the development, calling it a "quick victory" for his organization's membership.
Trump appears to have put his electoral stock fully in the gun-rights crowd, and at a point when the politics of gun control are shifting for the first time in decades.
These allegations of business impropriety mirror other scandals currently engulfing America's most powerful gun rights lobby.
Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has been called "AR-15 salesman of the year" after making incendiary comments earlier this month which vowed government confiscation of the weapons under his proposed administration.
The National Rifle Association and its estranged PR firm Ackerman McQueen engaged in a failed attempt at settlement negotiations to resolve ongoing litigation between the two organizations, a spokesperson for the NRA told Newsweek.
Giffords and former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe attended the event to promote Democratic candidates running on a platform of gun safety in the state's upcoming elections
"The NRA must prove beyond all shadows of doubt or accusations that we are squeaky clean," Nugent wrote.
At least one NRA director privately expressed concerns about the alleged extravagance of the Alaska trip.
The NRA's political arm repudiated Patrick's comments, likening them to "Bloomberg-funded failures that were attempted under the Obama administration."
Catherine Stefani was inspired to write the declaration, passed unanimously, after the mass shootings at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.
Walmart announced just hours earlier that it would stop selling handgun ammunition and bullets for short-barrel rifles.
Reversing a Washington norm, gun control groups spent more on lobbying during the 2018 midterms than the NRA did
In response to a request for comment, Ackerman steadfastly denied the charges in a statement to Newsweek.
The National Rifle Association is spending around $100,000 to abruptly relocate its board meeting to Washington, D.C., according to an e-mail sent by the NRA's General Counsel and Secretary John Frazer that was obtained by Newsweek.