The organizer of the Adamson BBQ Legal Defence Fund, Barry McNamar, posted the following update on the ongoing GoFundMe fundraising page. Following his arrest for opening his small business and defying lockdown orders in Toronto Adam Skelly was advised by his lawyers that his legal fight, should it go to the supreme court, could cost upwards of $350,000 - which is why McNamar set the target at that amount. He recently updated the GoFundMe page and said he would be changing that number.
"Enough of you have said that you don’t want me to take this GoFundMe campaign down on December 19.
You told me that you want to give monthly, or weekly.
And you said that the ongoing success of this campaign stands as a daily reminder to the political class that we’ve all had enough.
Well, there is one more valid reason to keep this campaign active.
Adam’s counsel called me yesterday informing me that bylaw officers and government officials have made it their mission in life to attend each of Adam’s locations every single day in an effort to find something legitimate to complain about and exhaust his financial resources.
Rather than respond to your support with an effort to understand the needs of small business, the Tory and Ford governments have started to use the power of your tax dollars to crush the one small business person who is out there taking a stand.
So yes, I will keep this campaign active.
Even better, I have raised the stretch target to $500,000.
And Adam’s attorney assures me that every single dollar raised is going straight into a Trust account to fight this asymmetric COVID regime.
Our effort has been described as a “David & Goliath battle” by the national press.
Well, we all know who won that fight.
So let’s keep this campaign running.
Let’s commit today to a monthly donation of $20, $10, $5 or whatever you can afford.
If each one of you contributes just $20 per month, this campaign grows by $126,000 per month.
If each one of you contributes just $10 per month, this campaign grows by $68,000 per month.
And if each one of you contributes just $5 per month, this campaign grows by $34,000 per month!
No donation is too small.
Even better, those monthly donations keep this effort at the top of GoFundMe’s “popular campaigns” page, maximizing our international reach and reminding our politicians that we’re not going away.
For those of you who prefer to pay via PayPal, we will be opening an account for that purpose.
So please, do not set this letter aside.
Let’s keep this issue front and centre in the public mind.
And let’s refuse to let Big Government use our own money to steamroller the voice of small business.
Thank you so much."
McNamar clarified to Muskoka Post today that ”100% of the funds, after GoFundMe fees, are going directly into a Trust held by Adam’s legal counsel. Since the GoFundMe went public, the municipal and provincial authorities have poured on the gas. They have been going to all of Adam’s locations daily burying him in fines and new requirements to re-open, trying to exhaust his funding. As a result, his legal counsel called me yesterday and asked that I keep the fundraising campaign going. As promised, all of the funds are going to support Adam’s efforts to challenge the asymmetric nature of the COVID regulations. I cannot change the purpose of the funding without violating the ethics of the fundraising profession. As a result, the funding is going to support the initial cause- the Adamson BBQ Legal Defence.”
To donate to the fund please follow the link >>> https://ca.gofundme.com/f/adamson-bbq-legal-defence-fund