“Let us protect ourselves,” says Barstool’s Dave Portnoy
As Congress struggles to pass a Covid-19 stimulus package, Barstool Sports is raising millions for small business owners, who are having their “right to earn a living” stolen by the government, according to founder Dave Portnoy.
“I can’t believe, in this country, what I consider the most basic right of them all, the right to earn a living, the right to earn a livelihood, is now being stolen,” Portnoy told The Daily Caller in a weekend interview about his company’s new small business fund.
“It is being stolen by a few politicians who believe that they are smarter than me and you,” Portnoy added.
The Barstool Fund was only launched on December 17, but it has already raised over $7 million in donations, including $500,000 from Portnoy himself. Over 20 businesses have thus far been supported, their various stories highlighted through videos posted by Barstool with Portnoy informing them of the funds they will be receiving.
The fund was launched following Portnoy criticizing lockdown measures multiple times, including in New York City, where businesses face some of the harshest and most controversial restrictions. Barstool Sports’ headquarters are located in New York City.
The founder and president says it’s his company’s own background as a small business – the sports entertainment site was launched in 2003 – that inspired his passion to help struggling entrepreneurs during the pandemic.
“I know how hard it is to grow a small business,” he said.