Taxpayer funded gun control gets huge foundation boost
Gun rights advocates recently discovered that the gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns has burrowed its "gun violence prevention coordinators" (read "anti-gun lobbyists") into city payrolls from Augusta, Maine to Seattle, Washington, at taxpayer expense.
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A careful look into the rabbit hole might reveal that Oxfam is on the taxpayer teet also.
From the article;
where did UAIGSF get its money? The Foundation Center's huge grant database showed that it got $2.4 million in foundation money from 2008 to 2010, with $1.3 million coming from Chicago's rabidly anti-gun Joyce Foundation, where Barack Obama was once a board member.
Workman continued to shed light on the funding of MAIG, which was originally supported by Bloomberg ($3 million), insurance mogul Eli Broad ($750,000), and the Joyce Foundation ($1.1 million). When the Support Fund opened shop in 2008, Broad's private foundation and the Joyce Foundation continued as anti-gun donors.
Joyce incubated the idea of joint government and foundation funding for gun control activists in 2008 with a grant of $375,000 "To support four diverse 'mayors against illegal guns' coalition members in hiring city coordinators to act as regional point persons for the coalition."
Workman's database-surfing found $32.2 million in tax-exempt money pouring into various gun control pockets during the past decade. George Soros' Open Society Institute, for example, gave $600,000 to the Tides Foundation in 2002, "To support the donor advised fund for the Funders' Collaborative for Gun Violence Prevention."
Workman said, "Gun control has its donor advised funds and funders' collaboratives and city-funded parasites, but I rarely see such coordination among gun rights donors."
Perhaps conservative donors need to regroup their constitutional priorities.
Examiner Columnist Ron Arnold is executive vice president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise.
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