‘As a NYC taxpayer, I’m pissed’: Is Mayors Against Illegal Guns using NYC resources for its website?

Paging the IRS: Can we get a ruling on this?

Ace of Spades HQ co-blogger John Ekdahl did some poking around and discovered that the Mayors Against Illegal Guns website appears to be registered to New York City and hosted on city servers. The Nanny Bloomberg-founded gun-control organization has 501(c)4 status, just like  Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS.

Is it legal to use New York City taxpayer-funded resources for the radically anti-gun website that promotes national gun-control legislation? And is that what’s happening? According to the group’s latest financial disclosure available at GuideStar, it spent over $80,000 on its website in 2011. Right now there are more questions than answers, but Twitter activists are working on piecing this together.

Two New York City IT officials are listed as the technical contacts for the domain: Yisroel Hecht, Associate Commissioner, Network & Telecommunications and Dan Srebnick, Associate Commissioner, IT Security Division.

More from Ekdahl’s preliminary research:

Among the key questions:

Ekdahl promises more on this.

Follow him on Twitter to see where this goes.

Update:

A Twitchy reader passed along this image of the ARIN info:

In the comment section, Gifted Placebo writes:

Just to be clear on the ARIN update, for the non-technical. While domain registrars manage domain names, ARIN manages who owns blocks of IP addresses. That screen shot shows that NYC IT owns the entire Class B of 161.185.0.0 The MAIG website is on 161.185.30.92 – part of that Class B. This would indicate that not only are NYC resources being used for managing the domain registration, but NYC resources are being used for physical hosting, possibly including the server, bandwidth, etc. A reverse lookup of the IP shows an alternate name for the server of prtl-sitea-maigs.nyc.gov

The plot thickens.

Update:

More plot-thickening: The website for Renew Our Economy, another Bloomberg project, is registered to MAIG.

Update:

Over at Ace of Spades HQ: “At best, this is really sloppy. At worst, this could be pretty serious.” Read the whole thing.

  • disqus_hNXvhwdNeI

    Fraud, waste and abuse. Jail them all.

  • RblDiver

    They’re an organization that falls in line with the Libs’ beliefs. No IRS audit for them.
    But for you eeeeeeevil people suggesting they SHOULD be investigated….bend over, your audit is coming!

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    Ask Eric Holder…he’ll exclaim “I Don’t Know!”

    Ask The FBI…they’ll exclaim “Go Ask DHS!”

    Ask DHS…they’ll exclaim “Go Ask The Whitehouse!”

    Ask The Whitehouse…they’ll exclaim “Go Ask The IRS!”

    Ask The IRS…they’ll exclaim “Go Ask The Tea Party”

    …the never ending cycle of OGov Loop Game for Power over the People!

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    Aghast<<<<>>>S H O C K….!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    Ask Your 10th Amendment Expert Leader Chief.
    Before, During and After When There Was A State Constitution…:) and Status Quo, Class Rulers, Elites came to town, city, municipalities, etc.

    Definition of Fascism…hmmm is little spotty areas of NYC …nah Denial happens first.

    Remember the prior Sec of State/previous NY U.S. Senator…”What Difference Does It Make” and “We Don’t Live In An Evidence Based World Any Longer”…

  • Marvin Nelson

    So where the hell is the IRS on this one??

    • OLLPOH ~ America

      LOL!

    • robcrawford2

      Preparing to audit Ekdahl.

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

      Fine-tooth-combing the records of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee

  • retvet

    Is it possible that NYC could end up as property of the mayor? Does the mayor receive a salary or does he receive anything for his services? [1.00 dollar]

    • OLLPOH ~ America

      you are on to something! shhhhhhhhhh!

  • Gifted Placebo

    Just to be clear on the ARIN update, for the non-technical. While domain registrars manage domain names, ARIN manages who owns blocks of IP addresses. That screen shot shows that NYC IT owns the entire Class B of 161.185.0.0 The MAIG website is on 161.185.30.92 – part of that Class B. This would indicate that not only are NYC resources being used for managing the domain registration, but NYC resources are being used for physical hosting, possibly including the server, bandwidth, etc. A reverse lookup of the IP shows an alternate name for the server of prtl-sitea-maigs.nyc.gov

    The plot thickens.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Thank you very much for a clear explanation!

  • Mickey O’Brien

    Not to worry. Bloomberg can just use the website of the Archdiocese of New York for hosting. Dolan’s already in his hip pocket.

  • ObamaFail

    That name is completely misleading. It’s “Liberals Against LEGAL Guns.” The claim of “illegal” is misleading. We all know nothing illegal is a target by the left. Not illegal guns, not illegal immigrants, nothing illegal, PERIOD.

    • Rightturn

      The whole point of 501(c)(4) is to mislead.

  • TocksNedlog

    The mayor so nice, he bilked us twice.

  • anjullyn

    Actually, the plot sickens.

  • greatunconformity

    MAIG
    Isn’t that the anti-liberty group composed almost entirely of felons? Don’t you expect them to screw you, New York?

    • robcrawford2

      Not just composed of felons, but counting those who were shot in self-defense as “victims” of gun violence. So, ladies, if you shoot a guy trying to rape you, MAIG will add your attackers name to their memorial list.

  • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

    The crooks are at it again.
    And their propaganda will fail.

  • interstellar

    I worked for NY City in an IT department at one of their agencies once.

    Dan Srebnick no longer works for the city. He retired this year (not due to this). I know him pretty well. However there will be contacts at DoITT who can answer questions about this. They host a lot of the city’s servers.

    Yes they own that IP block as well as a couple of others.

    Yes it is probably illegal to use city resources for a 501c4. But this sort of corruption isn’t uncommon.

    Who is going to investigate Bloomberg? I know the Dept of Investigation investigates city employees. Not sure who investigates the mayor. They probably do. But DOI would probably be a good place to start.

    Will Bloomberg get away with it? Quite possibly. BUt it would be nice to try to take him down. If I were a NYC taxpayer I would be pretty pissed.

  • TJ

    It will be interesting to see what happens when Bloomberg leaves office. How much ownership would they have to transfer because it goes so deep or where they just planning on leavening everything on the NYC servers forever even after they got their goal. Somehow the cost to transfer would/should be on a expense recite filed with the IRS for the 501c4

  • RagamuffinB

    Ok the Web hosting thing is off but hang on, what about the name? It implies that somewhere there are mayors FOR illegal guns. I’m pretty sure no body (apart from the folks involved in fast & furious) are actually in favor of illegal guns. Clearly nobody in this organization has a shred of logic.

  • $38218625

    Good news: List of gun victims used by Bloomberg anti-gun group also included Christopher Dorner, other murder suspects
    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/06/20/good-news-list-of-gun-victims-used-by-bloomberg-anti-gun-group-also-included-christopher-dorner-other-murder-suspects/
    Why would a list like that include them? Good question:
    Dan Kois, an editor at Slate, explained to The Atlantic Wire why Tsarnaev was on their list — an intentional inclusion.

    “The interactive is a tally of all the people who’ve been killed by guns since the Newtown shootings. So it doesn’t differentiate between good guys and bad guys. We were studiously attempting to be as clear as possible that this was not victims of gun crimes … it was everybody that’s been killed by guns since Newtown.”

    Why would you keep a comprehensive list of people killed in shootings after Newtown if you’re not interested in building sympathy for them as victims? The point of the list is, or should be, to drive home the tragedy of so many innocent lives taken. If you’re going to toss non-innocents like Tsarnaev, Dorner, et al. in there, you might as well ask the Pentagon for an estimate of Al Qaeda fighters shot on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan and toss them in too. They’re all casualties of the demon device known as firearms, aren’t they? Come to think of it, didn’t Hitler shoot himself?

  • Clete Torres

    “Do as I say, not as I do.”

    -Mikey ‘Give-up-your-guns’ Bloomingidiot

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Welcome to the (New York Political) Machine #PinkFloyd #MusicTriviaTime Jawamax 8<{D}

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Welcome to the (New York Political) Machine #PinkFloyd #MusicTriviaTime Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Clete Torres

    “Do as I say, not as I do.”

    -Mikey ‘Give-up-your-guns’ Bloomingidiot

  • $38218625

    1 in 12 on Bloomberg’s gun victims list are crime suspects
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/1-in-12-on-bloombergs-gun-victims-list-are-crime-suspects/article/2532224
    The review of 617 killings found that 50 were suspects in crimes ranging from assault to murder, not the type of violence Bloomberg’s group suggests in its “No More Names” campaign to draw attention to the estimated 6,000 gun death “tragedies” since the mid-December Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newton, Conn.

    A separate analysis looked at 13 gun deaths in Montana listed on the Slate list used by Bloomberg’s group. It found that more than half were the result of police shootings or suicide.

  • $38218625

    1 in 12 on Bloomberg’s gun victims list are crime suspects
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/1-in-12-on-bloombergs-gun-victims-list-are-crime-suspects/article/2532224
    The review of 617 killings found that 50 were suspects in crimes ranging from assault to murder, not the type of violence Bloomberg’s group suggests in its “No More Names” campaign to draw attention to the estimated 6,000 gun death “tragedies” since the mid-December Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newton, Conn.

    A separate analysis looked at 13 gun deaths in Montana listed on the Slate list used by Bloomberg’s group. It found that more than half were the result of police shootings or suicide.

  • Clark-Kent

    He has more money than he knows what to do with but being a liberal/progressive he still has to fleece the tax payers.

  • Clark-Kent

    He has more money than he knows what to do with but being a liberal/progressive he still has to fleece the tax payers.

  • Bklynnygirl

    Some of these Mayors in MAIG are criminals, look here.

    http://www.stopillegalmayors.com/

  • Bklynnygirl

    Some of these Mayors in MAIG are criminals, look here.

    http://www.stopillegalmayors.com/

  • freeinaz

    Wait till Weiner gets voted in as Mayor, he will start a group called Mayors against incriminating tweets, or MAIT, which will be paid for by NY taxpayers and Playboy magazine.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    All these massive gub’ment scandals? This is what both the Federal and certain State governments DO NOT WANT.

    People…looking.

    Becoming aware.

    Remember when They Live was just a cheesy movie starring ex-wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper?

    Take your time…think about it.

    Obey…Sleep…Consume…This is Your God

    Even better…the “tag line” for the movie: You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You’re wrong. Dead wrong.

    • Pendog

      That was one of Roddy’s finest! Cult classic.

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    C’mon, Anonymous. Go do that voodoo that you do so well.

  • ernst1776

    NYC gets what is deserves!

  • Achilles

    Great investigative work but no one should be surprised by this. This is the Democrat playbook. Get into office and funnel taxpayer money to causes and allies. We are funding every leftist organization out there. Look at how all these organizations are linked and funded. The last link in that chain is your wallet. We should have been outraged 50 or 100 years ago. Our ancestors should have exposed the corruption and fixed it way back then. They didn’t. Now the corruption is total. And we live in a police state. It isn’t the time for surprise or outrage. It’s time for action.

  • HWGood

    Hey, you don’t get rich by spending your own money when someone else’s money is available.

  • BoscoBolt

    BREAKING NEWS: Liberal politicians are crooks. People who vote for liberals are dopes and deserve to get screwed.

  • CDUB

    Meanwhile, back on the ranch and not in NY, buy, buy, buy anything and everything……… with cash.

  • KansasGirl

    Coup d’état.

  • kate_middleton

    This story is front page on Politico (iPad app) right now.

  • me

    Bloomberg is hurting good people who own a gun.Also he is hurting New Yorkers twice as bad.Hes taking their tax dollars to fund his anti-gun agenda.This crimminal
    needs to be held accountable.Karma is to Slow.

  • YoJoLo

    Orange jealousy, Is a smoking gun required, or will you settle for corruption and theft of a public resource? Do subtle crimes that fail to smoke pass right by your keen senses? Are you staffing the” Mayors’ for personal knob polishing” crew?