Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office, seeking the same documents – communications between his office and the Mayors Against Illegal Guns – that the Second Amendment Foundation has sought since June, the Washington Free Beacon reported yesterday.
SAF initially filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for all records relating to MAIG communications on June 26, after newspaper allegations that city resources have been used for MAIG’s gun control efforts.
SAF was joined in the request by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Tom Gresham, host of the nationally-syndicated “Gun Talk.”
UPDATE: Judicial Watch has announced a special program next Tuesday, Oct. 14 featuring a panel discussion on “The Second Amendment under Attack.” Panelists include Dr. John R. Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime;” Attorney Stephen P. Halbrook, author of “The Founder’s Second Amendment;” and Emily J. Miller, author of “Emily Gets Her Gun: But Obama Want to Take Yours.”
"The panel will examine how the recent mass shootings by two mentally ill individuals in Sandy Hook and the Washington Navy Yard have emboldened the Obama administration and its allies to promote policies, through executive action and legislation, restricting certain Second Amendment rights of Americans. The panel of pro-Second Amendment experts will explore the efficacy and constitutionality of anti-gun actions at the federal and state level," according to Judicial Watch.
That discussion will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.
SAF’s request came after the New York Post and Politico reported in June that Bloomberg had sent a special counsel to Nevada, and that in an apparent attempt to conceal who he worked for, that staffer reportedly removed his City Hall e-mail address from the state of Nevada lobbying-registration Web site. Also, CBS News reported about that time that the MAIG website was being hosted on a city-owned server and administered by city employees.
“It was bad enough to learn via CBS News that the MAIG website was being hosted on a city-owned server, and administered by city employees,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb at the time, “but it also appears that a special counselor in the mayor’s office was sent to lobby in Nevada on behalf of MAIG’s gun control agenda.”
The Judicial Watch lawsuit also seeks communications between Bloomberg’s office and MAIG, and Vice President Joe Biden, the Free Beacon report said. Further, Judicial Watch wants records of a Jan. 9 meeting between Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and MAIG representatives.
In late July, the public advocate for the City of New York told SAF that additional time was needed to comply with the FOIL request, which had an original due date of July 26. The information was to have been provided by Aug. 9.
Interestingly, while billionaire Bloomberg has spent hundreds of thousands of his own dollars to influence politics in various states, Gottlieb has said privately how bizarre it is for Bloomberg and the city to be apparently sticking Big Apple taxpayers with the expense of running MAIG’s website. Bloomberg reportedly spent $350,000 just in Colorado in an attempt to sway voters away from recalling two anti-gun Democrat state senators because they supported that state’s strict new gun laws. There were early hints that MAIG might support a gun control initiative in Washington State as it heads for a vote on the 2014 ballot.
Examiner checked with Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch public affairs director, who said that to the best of her knowledge, her group’s legal action is independent from anything SAF is doing. The lawsuit was actually filed on Oct. 4 but was not announced until Thursday.