BREAKING: Walden, NY Mayor – Mayors Against Illegal Guns Offered to Pay Me Off to Remain Member of Anti-Gun Group
The news just gets worse and worse for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
According to an editorial, Walden, NY Mayor Brian Maher, not only was he originally tricked into joining the anti-gun group, his name used on anti-gun propaganda without his permission, but the group actually attempted to bribe him when he tried to leave.
According to the editorial,
I’m the mayor of Walden, NY, just starting my third term. In 2009, while attending a statewide mayoral conference, I was asked to sign a “petition” affirming my support for safer communities. I signed, because who would not be for safer communities? What I found out later is that my name was being used in anti-gun propaganda to further the personal agenda of Mayor Bloomberg…
…Once I learned of their deceptive ways, it took several months to contact the organization as they concealed information about the people behind the group. After several attempts and requests to be removed, I did finally receive a call from a representative of the organization attempting to “buy me off” by promising political donations in return for my continued membership.
It was not until I declined this payoff, that my name was finally removed.
This continues a long line of scandals that have been plagueing the anti-gun group in recent months.
Earlier this year, the group took heat for including the names of criminals, notably one of the Boston Bombing suspects, in a list of “victims of gun violence”.
The group has also been in hot water for using New York City’s taxpayer funded resources in its lobbying efforts. Including hosting its websites on city web servers and using city paid employees for lobbying efforts in other states and at the national level.
The group has also had poor turnout at stops on its anti-gun bus tour, with pro gun protestors often outnumbering the anti-gun protestors.
Last month it was reported that over 50 mayors have left the group recently, and recruiting efforts of newly elected mayors are falling flat.