First Amendment Retaliation against PCB Officials

I have sued Panama City Beach officials for First Amendment Retaliation based on City Hall's strategic defamation lawsuits against me from the City Manager Mario Gisbert's girlfriend and Councilman Hector "Che" Solis.

I need your help.

It's expensive to stand up to these bullies. I need to raise money in order to depose those who misused government power to attack and try to silence their critics, neighbors and business competitors.

I plan to videotape and transcribe the depositions, which makes things even more expensive. Very likely, however, these depositions will be available for you to watch down the road.

And they could lead to knowledge of even more misdeeds from those who misuse their public office for personal gain. 

These coordinated defamation lawsuits against me have stolen hundreds of hours of my time already. These frivolous defamation lawsuits were launched during my campaign for City Council as an effort to discredit me.

I won't allow them attack me without striking back in ways that matter. Discovery goes both ways during lawsuits. But the amount of time I've spent in legal battles has taken away from my ability to cover the PCB Crime Family and raise revenue for my business. 

Please Link Arms with me and donate to this effort to hold City officials legally accountable. 

You can make your donation private and anonymous if you prefer. 


The Panama City Beach City Council paid the City Manager's girlfriend's company $280,000 to perform capital improvement studies. 

She was the Senior Project Manager, getting $175 per hour in the deal I've been reporting on throughout 2017.

I never mention her name, even though she's a public figure. My criticism is toward the City, not at her as a person. It's not her job to protect taxpayer money - that responsiblity rests with the City Manager and the City Council. 

But she decided to sue me for defamation anyway.

See the civil lawsuit for yourself in Bay County, FL, under Jennifer Wolgamott v. Vernon Thompson (that's my legal name but I've always gone by Burnie).

The lawsuit is absurd and designed to cost me money that I don't have to cover attorney fees and court costs. I need to raise money to defend myself from this frivolous lawsuit.

I plan to expose the conflict of interest during the discovery phase of the lawsuit through depositions and subpeonas. 

In my opinion, City Manager Gisbert misused his public office by "benefitting himself and others," which is a violation of FL Statute 212.313(6). Gisbert was involved in the bid process, and the City tried to protect him during the ordeal. 

I need your help to defend myself and to bring the truth to light. 

Please contribute to my efforts. I feel as though City Hall is suing me by proxy, and it's an expensive proposition. 

Only by Linking Arms with me here can I continue shining the spotlight on these shady politicians and bureaucrats who benefit themselves at our expense.
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Burnie Thompson 
Panama City Beach, FL
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