In part one we looked at the background of Shannon Watts, the “founder” of Moms Demand Action (then called 1 Million Moms for Gun Control). In this part we will continue with some of Ms. Watts’ background, her ties to Michael Bloomberg as well as delve into emails from Mayor Bloomberg’s office from Bloomberg advisor John Feinblatt showing the origination of the “Moms Demand Action” brand with the assistance of NYC employees on NYC time using NYC government emails to work on Mayor Bloomberg’s MAIG group projects with other gun control groups.
Shannon Watts is no stranger to the world of high powered public relations posts, having served as the mouthpiece for Monsanto, WellPoint, GE and several public relations firms. What she is a stranger to is the world of fine art, which makes the following bit of information rather odd if taken out of the context of the long standing close ties she has with Michael Bloomberg.
In April of 2010, Bloomberg.com ran a story on a fine art gallery opening in an obscure Mayberry-like hamlet in Indiana named Zionsville. It is a tiny town of 14,000 residents with a brick paved main street where one could envision Andy Griffith and Don Knotts on patrol with Opie in tow. There is literally nothing to distinguish it from thousands upon thousands of other small mid-western towns sprinkled across the American heartland. Actually I take that back. There is one thing that distinguishes it and that distinguishing factor is Shannon Watts living there.
That gallery opening, trumpeted on Bloomberg’s website with much fanfare and hoopla, was a direct result of Shannon’s connections with Bloomberg dating back 5 years. I don’t think there is one person on the planet with more than 2 functional brain cells that can say a major article on an art gallery opening in a podunk town in the Midwest is a normal thing for a worldwide news service to run with. I suppose it could be a mere coincidence that Bloomberg’s news service decided to run a full page article on the opening of a tiny art gallery in a random tiny Midwestern town. It could also be just a coincidence that the owners of that gallery the article references had direct contact with Bloomberg for 5 years prior to opening. It could be just a coincidence that one of the owners went on to found a gun control movement associated with Bloomberg 3 years later. It could also be just a coincidence that when I get in the shower and turn it on, I get wet.
As shown previously Moms Demand Action began as a Facebook page called 1 Million Moms for Gun Control. This is why the organization I am writing for is called 1 Million Moms AGAINST Gun Control. Early on in the game Feinblatt and Mark Glaze (head of Bloomberg’s MAIG) realized that the “Gun Control” moniker was a political loser and sought to rebrand Shannons organization. During a flurry of emails the phrase “Demand Action” was put forth and agreed upon by several individuals within Bloomberg’s inner circle. Lo and behold, a short time later 1 Million Moms for Gun Control morphed into Moms Demand Action. While there is absolutely no evidence to suggest Watts played a part in the rebranding of her astroturf farm, please refer back to the shower / wet coincidence statement that closed the previous paragraph.
Now we all know that Shannon has denied having any previous ties with Bloomberg and has stated on many occasions that she has never received a salary or monies from Bloomberg. There is a rather easy way to check the veracity of those claims- all you need to do is request a copy of the IRS Form 990. For example the 990 for Mayors Against Illegal Guns shows that Executive Director Mark Glaze received zero salary in 2011 and 2012. You will also find payments of over 200,000 dollars per year to The Raben Group from MAIG. The Raben Group just happens to be Mark Glaze’s employer. We all waited for the Form 990 for Moms Demand Action to come out so we could verify her claims however that has proven to be impossibility. Why is that?
Mayor Bloomberg’s umbrella group “merged” with Moms Demand Action at the end of the first year they would have been required by law to file a Form 990 as a 501(c). In 2012 Watts’ organization had been in existence for just a few days and conceivably had zero income. After the New Year however she went big time, appearing on MSNBC constantly, having chapters in all 50 states within a week of forming her organization and claiming 130,000 members. She was spending money like it was free (and I suspect it was) and would have had to report it by law on the IRS Form 990. That is of course if Moms Demand Action was a separate entity, but on 18 DEC 2013 Moms Demand Action was “merged” with Everytown for Gun Safety. MDA was no longer an independent 501(c) and the Form 990 requirement no longer applied, thereby allowing Shannon to forever hide the records that would have shown how much money Bloomberg gave to her. Of course this could be just a coincidence as well but if this is the case, the woman attracts them like cake attracts Rosie O’Donnell.
Let’s sum up what we have so far for those coming in late:
A highly paid and highly successful corporate PR executive with experience being the mouthpiece for multi-national conglomerates, who is also a stay at home mom, who has a history of donating to anti-gun politicians and working for anti-gun politicians took a job with WellPoint in 2005. She marries another executive at WellPoint who manages the health care plans for New York City while Michael Bloomberg was Mayor. When they leave (or are forced out), they open an art gallery in their tiny little town in the Midwest that is trumpeted and promoted on Bloomberg’s international business website. Immediately following the Sandy Hook shootings, she forms a group called 1 Million Moms For Gun Control. Bloomberg advisors and the head of his organization MAIG email back and forth about “gun control” being a political loser and suggest “Demand Action”. Shortly following those emails, 1MMFGC becomes “Moms Demand Action”. The stay at home mom / international PR executive takes to Twitter to say she isn’t receiving a dime from Bloomberg and literally DAYS before she would be required to file public documents regarding her organization’s finances, she merges her group with Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety exempting her from filing that form and all of this is nothing but a coincidence.
To be continued in Part 3
- Mr. Decker
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Mr Decker is former military and former LEO that spends his free time with his family, and writing for 1MMAGC.