MAIG spokesman and city employee John J McCarthy (courtesy twitter.com)

You want to schmooze with the press guy for The Mayors Against Illegal Guns? Contact camera shy John J. McCarthy via Mayor Bloomberg’s office. The gun grabber’s gun grabber is a Bloomberg staffer (who recently received a 20 percent salary hike). Speaking of sucking on the taxpayer tit to promote civilian disarmament, TTAG reader AR points out that “If you perform a search from the MAIG website, you’ll see the url is changed to search1.nyc.gov. This is the same search appliance used for www.nyc.gov. I would assume NYC funding is supporting the search and indexing of the MAIG website. Administration of the Google Search Appliance is most likely being performed by NYC personnel or contractors too.” True story? Again, we’ve contacted MAIG for comment. Again, keep breathing . . .

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36 Responses to Is MAIG Using New York City Taxpayers’ Funds?

  1. All of us need to be asking (again and again) each and every MAIG member how much official time and taxpayer funds are being used for MAIG purposes – and then watch them closely. We also need to be asking the city council members to make each mayor be accountable for every second they spend on MAIG business!

    We didn’t elect these jerks to lobby against us!

  2. The web site is also registered and administred by “hostmaster@nyc.gov”:

    Result obtained from server: whois.publicinterestregistry.net

    Access to .ORG WHOIS information is provided to assist persons in
    determining the contents of a domain name registration record in the
    Public Interest Registry registry database. The data in this record is provided by
    Public Interest Registry for informational purposes only, and Public Interest Registry does not
    guarantee its accuracy. This service is intended only for query-based
    access. You agree that you will use this data only for lawful purposes
    and that, under no circumstances will you use this data to: (a) allow,
    enable, or otherwise support the transmission by e-mail, telephone, or
    facsimile of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations
    to entities other than the data recipient’s own existing customers; or
    (b) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that send
    queries or data to the systems of Registry Operator, a Registrar, or
    Afilias except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or
    modify existing registrations. All rights reserved. Public Interest Registry reserves
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    you agree to abide by this policy.

    Domain ID:D121001234-LROR
    Domain Name:MAYORSAGAINSTILLEGALGUNS.ORG
    Created On:24-Apr-2006 19:34:09 UTC
    Last Updated On:23-Dec-2008 17:36:27 UTC
    Expiration Date:24-Apr-2014 19:34:09 UTC
    Sponsoring Registrar:Network Solutions, LLC (R63-LROR)
    Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
    Registrant ID:40196671-NSI
    Registrant Name:NYC DoITT
    Registrant Organization:NYC DoITT
    Registrant Street1:2 Metrotech Center
    Registrant Street2:2nd Floor
    Registrant Street3:
    Registrant City:Brooklyn
    Registrant State/Province:NY
    Registrant Postal Code:11201
    Registrant Country:US
    Registrant Phone:+1.7184038610
    Registrant Phone Ext.:
    Registrant FAX:
    Registrant FAX Ext.:
    Registrant Email:hostmaster@nyc.gov
    Admin ID:40196671-NSI
    Admin Name:NYC DoITT
    Admin Organization:NYC DoITT
    Admin Street1:2 Metrotech Center
    Admin Street2:2nd Floor
    Admin Street3:
    Admin City:Brooklyn
    Admin State/Province:NY
    Admin Postal Code:11201
    Admin Country:US
    Admin Phone:+1.7184038610
    Admin Phone Ext.:
    Admin FAX:
    Admin FAX Ext.:
    Admin Email:hostmaster@nyc.gov
    Tech ID:40196671-NSI
    Tech Name:NYC DoITT
    Tech Organization:NYC DoITT
    Tech Street1:2 Metrotech Center
    Tech Street2:2nd Floor
    Tech Street3:
    Tech City:Brooklyn
    Tech State/Province:NY
    Tech Postal Code:11201
    Tech Country:US
    Tech Phone:+1.7184038610
    Tech Phone Ext.:
    Tech FAX:
    Tech FAX Ext.:
    Tech Email:hostmaster@nyc.gov
    Name Server:VWALL4A.NYC.GOV
    Name Server:VWALL1A.NYC.GOV
    Name Server:VWALL2A.NYC.GOV
    Name Server:VWALL3A.NYC.GOV

    • I saw the same thing, and it is in the same subnet, only the last octet is different and not by that much. I am willing to bet it is in the same rack as well. My question is how illegal is this?

    • On a follow up MAIG is considered at least in part as a 501c3 tax exempt organization. That would certainly make it wrong to host on government servers.

  3. A politician inapropriately using the resources of their office to further partisan causes? No way! NOT IN OBAMA’S AMERICA!

  4. You guys just don’t understand. Bloomberg owns NYC, so he can do whatever he wants. NYC has been bought and paid for, just like Colorado.

  5. I think “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” is offensive.

    Shouldn’t it be “Mayors Against UNDOCUMENTED Guns”???

    What part of SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED don’t they understand???
    NO FIREARM IS ‘ILLEGAL!’

  6. Better question is how many NYC residents would even object to their tax dollars being used to fund a political cause against guns.

  7. Ya’ll should send this to media contacts, most notably Fox. They’d be most likely to investigate, and anything that distracts them from their daily neocon yapping is ok by me.

    • I don’t have a direct email for Fox, but I did send this out. Also I have a friend heading to DC to speak with pro 2A legislators on Capital hill. I can tell you she will inform them of this!!!!
      Mikey aint got now where to run now… We have also reached out to Landmark legal foundation, Larry Pratt, and others. If it is not legal he is gonna have issues.

  8. Wonder if MAIG is a tax free organization? Perhaps the IRS should be investigating them. Most tax free’s are not allowed to be political.

  9. NSLOOKUP on mayorsagainstillegalguns.org resolves to the IP address 161.185.30.92 and the hostname prtl-sitea-maigs.nyc.gov which would mean this site is hosted on a server for the city of NY.
    -Cranky

  10. Well, of course!

    You didn’t expect Bloomberg to get rich by giving all of his money to Go Daddy for his own domain space, did you?

  11. The HTML code on the main page references NYC.gov agency templates:
    // Left Navigation Script for NYC.gov Agency Templates

    ” — START of nycgov_footer.inc–>”

  12. If you do a traceroute or ping you come up with the following ips:

    MAIG: 161.185.30.92
    NYC.gov: 161.185.30.156

    Seems to be same network. The question is who owns the block 161.185.30.0/24?

    • Yeah, obviously they are. A better question would be HOW MUCH of NYC taxpayer money is being used? (Obviously, too much!!!)

  13. I love seeing everyone get together in the comments to hoist Bloomberg.

    Gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

  14. Was if Jefferson who said that using a mans money to fund something he abhors is the ultimate form of tyranny?

  15. I guess Bloomberg got tired of spending his own money so he took a page out of Obamasamas book and taking it from “US”.

  16. Yes we are starting to see the media report on this after two flippin months. And did they even mention us? NO!
    Things that make you go hmmm:
    The Truth About Guns and myself ran to ground the story on the MAIG using NYC servers on May 15th. After trying to get the word it took two months and now it seems to be breaking into the more main stream media. Amazing!
    http://twitchy.com/2013/06/21/as-a-nyc-taxpayer-im-pissed-is-mayors-against-illegal-guns-using-nyc-resources-for-its-website/

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/bloomberg-gun-group-site-registered-to-nyc-93182.html

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jacobfischler/mayors-against-illegal-guns-website-is-hosted-on-nyc-governm

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57590581/bloomberg-gun-group-website-registered-on-nyc-government-servers/

    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/05/robert-farago/is-maig-using-new-york-city-taxpayers-funds/

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