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Action Start Date: 19 May 2013
Action End Date: 24 May 2013
Report Date: 25 May 2013
Customer: Adam Kokesh
Agent: George Donnelly 215 253 8970 [email protected]
Adam Kokesh contracted coverage from Shield Mutual in August of 2012.
Adam Kokesh was arrested by federal park rangers the afternoon of Saturday, 18 May 2013 while speaking at Smokedown Prohibition at Independence Mall National Historic Park in center city Philadelphia.
We discovered the arrest Sunday morning, 19 May 2013. No one had notified us and we went to work immediately. George Donnelly was assigned to manage Adam’s defense.
I immediately went to work studying the events around Adam’s arrest.
I put out the message that I was working on Adam’s behalf and looking to serve together with others who cared about Adam to get him out. Thankfully, someone connected me with Lucas Jewell (his business manager) and I started to work closely with him.
I quickly interfaced with the owner of FreeAdamKokesh.com. He initially did not want to work with us so I registered FreeAdam.net and got to work building a simple information and action center for Adam. (He later decided to let us use the domain but it was too late.)
I quickly launched FreeAdam.net along with http://facebook.com/FreeAdamKokesh and http://twitter.com/FreeAdamKokesh. I also set up an announcement mailing list which more than 65 people subscribed to. I posted basic information about Adam’s situation so people would be informed. I kept this site updated throughout the week.
According to Google Analytics, FreeAdam.net informed more than 28,000 unique visitors during the 6-day period from Sunday 19 May to Adam’s release on Friday 24 May. These visitors collectively viewed FreeAdam.net webpages 56,000 times and spent an average of more than 2 minutes each on the website.
The FreeAdam.net website received almost 11,000 visits from Facebook, more than 3,500 from Reddit, almost 2,000 from InfoWars.com and more than 1,500 from Twitter.
The Facebook page has more than 1,500 fans and the Twitter account has about 200 followers. Shield Mutual will maintain all of these assets in case Adam is attacked again in the future.
I put out a call for assistance from artists. Meg McLain volunteered. She made the “Free Adam from the Man” image that I used frequently in our efforts. Meg produced a really professional image in no time at all at no cost.
I organized a call flood for Monday, May 20, 2013 that targeted the federal magistrate office, the US attorney, the prison and others. More than 1,400 people RSVPd for the call flood. According to Facebook Insights, the call flood event on Facebook had a reach of over 39,000 individuals.
On Monday, May 20, I issued a press release about the call flood. I sent this out over social media, the FreeAdam.net website and to a list I have of more than 100 liberty-friendly (sort of) mainstream media contacts.
I asked people to call, to invite others and share the call flood event. The calls continued all day long. People reported in their results which suggest that it was effective. Callers reported full voicemail boxes, angry responses, unprofessional responses, scared responses and random hangups. Some continued calling all week, tho I did not encourage this.
I received information from a source in the Bureau of Prisons that Adam was being charged with a felony under 18 USC 111 and shared this information. This was before anyone knew exactly what charges Adam was being held under.
Once I had a video report from Josie Harris and Christopher Cantwell about the outcome of Adam’s Monday, 20 May hearing, I shared that via all our distribution channels, along with a copy of the charging statement.
I lined up someone to go down to a law firm and take financial responsibility for a lawyer to represent Adam in case he wanted one but decided not to pull the trigger until we heard from Adam.
I called Adam’s parents multiple times and kept them informed via email.
I called the ACLU. They called me back later in the week. I also called the Rutherford Institute on two occasions.
I called the public defender to get information about how to enable Adam to call out and for other information on his case.
I coordinated with Lucas frequently and took important actions with his authorization.
I negotiated a two-for-the-price-of-one deal for Adam and Poe with the top civil rights attorney in Philadelphia. It looks like Adam thankfully won’t need this anymore.
I researched what if anything had to be done to enable Adam to call out. I also researched commissary funds.
I fronted $50 to Jim Babb who worked all night trying to get Moneygram to accept the deposit into Adam’s commissary account. Jim fronted $50 to Poe and got it into his commissary account, as well.
I made a big fuss on social media about Adam not being allowed his phone call.
I researched legal representation options. A firm with 30 years of federal criminal experience offered to represent Adam for a flat fee of $2,500 on Tuesday and send their managing partner down there that day.
I launched a legal defense fund for Adam with Lucas’ approval and together we raised more than the goal of $5,000 in 11 hours flat. The final number is above $6,300, including digital currencies (bitcoin and litecoin).
I kept people informed with facts about Adam’s situation. I also promoted Poe’s legal defense fund. Poe is not our customer, which is why we initially did not do any work on his behalf. Once I made contact with Poe’s representative, I assisted her in some very minor ways.
I prepared and emailed to Lucas and Adam’s parents a legal representation report with multiple options and my recommendation as to who to hire in case Adam wanted representation.
I assisted Nathan Cox and others in promoting the rally outside the courthouse for Thursday, May 23.
I issued a press release on Wednesday, May 22 demanding Adam and Poe’s immediate and unconditional release. I distributed it to more than 200 mainstream, Pennsylvania and libertarian media contacts via email as well as via the standard website and social media distribution. Paul Joseph Watson, a reporter at InfoWars.com who was very attentive throughout Adam’s caging, printed the press release in its entirely on InfoWars.com.
I supported Lucas and the rest of Adam’s business team with a fundraiser for Adam’s commissary fund (that part later removed) and to fund Adam vs The Man operations. We raised more than $1,500 and more than 3.3 bitcoins.
On Friday, May 24 I issued two press releases in support of Adam’s Independence Day statement, both of which received the same wide distribution as the previous one.
Signed, George Donnelly, (215) 253-8970 [email protected]