(NYSRPA’s Pres. Tom King was on NRA News talking about the grant.)
Common Cause/NY Executive Director Susan Lerner has come out against “Rensselaer County’s acceptance of a National Rifle Association Foundationgrant to arm three county probation officers. County officials view the $2,499.70 grant as relief for taxpayers, while Common Cause New York consider it as turning over government operations to outside influences.” … The funds will be used to expand the county Probation Department’s Armed Response Team to 10 officers from 7. (Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Group-questions-NRA-grant-1545139.php#ixzz1TCuhZxvz)
I guess that she is against all grants to government from anyone.
Susan Lerner is the executive director of Common Cause New York. Prior to her recent return to New York, Susan was the executive director of the California Clean Money Campaign. She served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Club’s Voices of Reform Project and on the Board of Trustees of the California State Summer School for the Arts. She founded and chaired the Committee for Judicial Independence, a grassroots organization dedicated to educating and activating Americans to the importance of an independent federal judiciary, and lead a statewide coalition of groups active on federal judicial nominations. For almost 20 years, Susan was a trial lawyer in Los Angeles specializing in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU School of Law.
And who had donated/ given grants to Common Cause NY?
Common Cause/NY is grateful for the generous support from the following Foundations in 2010:
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation (www.rsclark.org)
Open Society Institute (www.soros.org)
Mertz Gilmore Foundation (www.mertzgilmore.org)
Park Foundation (www.parkfoundation.org)
Piper Fund – A Project of Proteus Fund (www.proteusfund.org/programs/piper-fund/about)