TORONTO - A campaign to raise cash to help Mayor Rob Ford fight the Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale has popped up online.
The fundraising website Indiegogo.com featured a new campaign Friday called “Stop the Bullying! Help Pay Mayor Ford’s Legal Costs.”
The page was started by someone named Iain McLaren.
He did not respond to a request for comment.
“Mayor Rob Ford is facing yet another lawsuit at great expense to
himself. Show your support for Mayor Ford and contribute to his legal
costs today,” the campaign stated.
According to the short summary of the campaign posted online, the
fundraising effort was being launched in response to Ford being served
with a libel notice by Dale. The notice was delivered to Ford Thursday
in response to comments he made about the Star reporter in an interview
on Monday with Conrad Black.
The effort described itself as an “independent campaign run by Canadians like you who are against bullying and harassment.”
Indiegogo was the fundraising website used by gawker.com in May to
raise money o buy the video of Ford smoking crack cocaine. Although the
campaign raised $200,000, organizers weren’t able to buy the video and
Gawker ended up donating the funds to Toronto-based charities.
Dale confirmed Friday that the Star was paying his legal bills.
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