Skip to comments.Interview request to Ohio mayor sets off alarms for Bloomberg, Media Matters(Gun Control)
Posted on 08/11/2012 8:22:25 AM PDT by marktwain
Before responding to a May 2012 interview request from conservative news organization Media Trackers Ohio, an employee of Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael Coleman forwarded the request to New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs office and a liberal D.C. consultant, who immediately alerted liberal organization Media Matters for America.
The Coleman staffer, R. Lee Roberts, is the Ohio chairman of Mayor Bloombergs Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), a pro-gun control lobbying group. Coleman, a Democrat, receives a salary from MAIG but works from Colemans office and participates in a taxpayer-funded retirement plan.
Media Trackers has since used public records to prove Roberts coordinated with Bloomberg employees and left-wing Ohio nonprofit, ProgressOhio, to advance MAIGs policy agenda using the January 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, and a February 2012 school shooting in Chardon, Ohio.
On May 23, Media Trackers emailed Colemans press secretary to request an interview regarding Colemans involvement with MAIG. The press secretary forwarded the email to Roberts, who in turn sent it to MAIG leaders Janey Rountree, Mark Glaze and Christopher Kocher, noting FYI pretty nasty conservative blogger. Rountree and Kocher work in Mayor Bloombergs office; Glaze is a D.C. lobbyist and the national director of MAIG.
That night, Glaze forwarded the email from Roberts to Matt Gertz, the deputy research director at Media Matters for America.
Hey Matt you familiar with this organization? the D.C. consultant asked Media Matters, seeking information about the Media Trackers Ohio.
If it actually breaks into media [it] would be great if we could talk, Glaze added in his email to Gertz.
Gertz replied in less than 15 minutes, writing, As it happens I just read a profile of them theyre a right-wing oppo [opposition] research org [organization] with small teams working out of several states. As evidence, the Media Matters deputy research director included a May 21 Mother Jones story about Media Trackers.
Glaze forwarded the Media Matters response and the story by left-wing magazine Mother Jones to Roberts in Colemans office half an hour later. Roberts immediately forwarded the message to Colemans press secretary.
Emails obtained by Media Trackers show that Roberts often uses a private email account for official business, possibly in an attempt to circumvent open records laws that would require the content of the emails to be made public. However, many of the communications between Roberts and MAIG leadership in New York were eventually sent to, or forwarded from, a government email account, as was the case in this instance.
Two days before Media Trackers Ohio requested an interview with Coleman, Bloomberg staffer Christopher Kocher emailed a story by a Florida blogger to Glaze, Roberts and several other MAIG regional coordinators. Kocher warned MAIG leaders that Sean Caranna, the president of Florida Carry Inc. a pro-Second Amendment organization had published a story criticizing Orlando MAIG coordinator Linda Vaughn.
Caranna found that a grant from the left-wing Joyce Foundation which is managed by Bloombergs office was insufficient to cover Vaughns salary. He reported that MAIG was leveraging taxpayer funds to reduce its overhead costs, by installing MAIG lobbyists in mayors offices nationwide effectively using public dollars to lobby for gun control.
Kocher preceded Carannas story with a note instructing MAIG coordinators: if anyone contacts you about the article or if anything like this has come up previously for you, please let us know.
In a response to the Florida story, Roberts noted that his personal goal is to make Buckeye Firearms top 10 threats this year. The Buckeye Firearms Association is a pro-Second Amendment PAC based in central Ohio.
Jesse Hathaway is a reporter for Media Trackers Ohio.
“Caranna found that a grant from the left-wing Joyce Foundation which is managed by Bloombergs office was insufficient to cover Vaughns salary...”
The Joyce Foundation - see: Undue Influance
Definitely a communist operation with close ties to the Obama administration, and if this indeed has ties to Bloomberg, that is shocking information.
Democrats? Check. State capitol? Check. Murdered body of a blackmailed fellow Democrat Senator's mistress found in a car trunk? Check. Was she shot to death? Nope, strangled; nothing to see here, folks. Move along...
This is what is happening on many levels of local gov't throughout the country. These are the tactics of the left to infiltrate and subvert. It is being subsidized by our own tax dollars.
IMO, this is an organized conspiracy