This is ridiculous because Bloomberg is a billionaire and has all the tech talent he needs to handle basic tasks like hosting and running sites. And taxpayer money should not be used to conduct his national crusades for public office and political influence.
It turns out I didn’t even have to look that closely, because the mayorsagainstillegalguns.org domain is registered to the city of New York. As you can see there, the registrant name is “NYC DoITT”, which is the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications.
According to this, Mayors Against Illegal Guns appears to be a 501(c)(4).
Bloomberg’s group, a social welfare organization set up under section 501(c)4 of the tax code, is the first to comply with a U.S. District Court ruling requiring such organizations, which normally keep their donors secret, to disclose them if they run issue ads that mention federal candidates. The case, Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission, was settled March 30, 2012.
The action fund arm of MAIG is a 501(c)(3).
Even if MAIG is reimbursing the city for these services, questions would still remain. Like, would New York City offer these same services to NYCTeaParty4Eva.org?
This seems to be the Age of Obama where a political campaign can become a non-profit pushing the agenda of an elected official, but this is even more extreme than that.
This is a politician setting up his own Anti-NRA using city resources, when he isn’t remotely short of funds, and then using it to go after political opponents.
Obama’s OFA is bad enough, but imagine if it was using government servers. This kind of blending between political campaigns and political offices has to end. And Bloomberg’s abuses may be a good place to start.