Trouble in conservative paradise: Unite-the-right Super PAC prez sues party he's trying to unite

Former Wildrose fundraiser sues party over unpaid bill, Wildrose fights back and raises serious questions

Former Wildrose fundraiser sues party over unpaid bill, Wildrose fights back and raises serious questions 

McNamar.JPGMetro News broke the story that Barry McNamar, the head of the unite-the-right Super PAC the Alberta Prosperity Fund, is suing his former employer - the Wildrose Party.

If there is a more apt metaphor for the current discombobulated state of the unite-the-right movement in Alberta I'll alert you when I find one. 

McNamar, the president and founder of the Alberta Prosperity Fund, is suing the Wildrose Party for $27,300 alleging that the right-wing party failed to pay him for his advisory, consulting and other services. 

The Wildrose Party fired back in its statement of defence detailing several alleged examples of McNamar's unacceptable conduct. The following are quoted from the Wildrose's statement of defense:

  • Inability to raise funds for the Defendant
  • Misrepresenting commitments from donors and the potential for fundraising success
  • Disclosure of confidential information to a third party without authorization or justification
  • Inappropriately directing funds to a third party organization

Neither McNamar's or the Wildrose Party's allegations have been proven in court. 

The Wildrose admit to paying McNamar his $2,000 closing fee and a $6,000 a month retainer for the first month of a four month agreement. The Wildrose allege that no further amount is owing to the plaintiff. McNamar is arguing in his statement of claim that he is owed the final three months of his $6,000 a month retainer plus expenses. The question of when Barry McNamar started working for the Alberta Prosperity Fund would seem to be the fundamental question on which this lawsuit hinges.

November 18th was the public launch of the Alberta Prosperity Fund. The Wildrose write in their statement of defence that the final day of their business relationship with McNamar was October 15th. McNamar's statement of claim alleges that the business relationship ended on September 15.

McNamar's own Linkedin account states that he started working at the Alberta Prosperity Fund in August of 2015. 

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In a quote from the Metro story McNamar tried to minimize the lawsuit. 

“That is an issue of a client paying a bill and it will be resolved, I believe, amicably,” he said.

Hmmm. Isn't the best time to amicably solve an issue with an unpaid bill before you lawyer up and file a lawsuit? 

The Wildrose, unfortunately, decided not to comment. 

Regardless, this unnamed third party organization referenced by the Wildrose Party in their statement of defence is one of the biggest mysteries in this whole case. While the claims of the Wildrose Party have not been proven in court what they're alleging - the disclosure of confidential information to a third party without authorization and inappropriately directing funds to a third party organization - certainly means we will be following closely as the case progresses. 

Please send any suggestions you may have on the identity of this mysterious third party organization to info@progressalberta.ca.