Donors getting refund after border wall GoFundMe fails

Leroy Wright
January 12, 2019

An Iraq war veteran cancelled his plan to crowdsource $1 billion to help President Donald Trump build a wall on the Mexico border Friday after raising only $20 million and drawing questions about his online activities.

Kolfage's will now attempt to build the wall without going through government channels, and is instead asking people to redirect their donations to a new non-profit organization.

In this November 10, 2014, file photo, former U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, center, sits in a wheelchair next to his wife Ashley, right, during the National September 11 Memorial and Museum's "Salute to Service" tribute. At the onset of the campaign, Kolfage said he would only collect the funds if the campaign hit its goal of $1 billion - about one-fifth of what President Trump has been demanding from Congress to build it.

CBS News reports Kolfage gave donors the option of giving their GoFundMe contribution to himself and a team he assembled to construct the border wall. 'This means all donors will receive a refund'. I am honoring that commitment today.

"Eight days before Christmas I started this GoFundMe campaign because I was exhausted of watching the US government's inability to secure our southern border", Kolfage wrote on the campaign's page Friday.

Donors will have to proactively choose to hand over the donation to Kolfage's group.

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"However, that did not happen", Whithorne said.

At the end of his statement, Kolfage acknowledge the refund. Kolfage wrote. "I will personally not take a penny of compensation from these donations".

Kolfage has recruited a veritable who's who of right-wing characters to sit on the board of directors for We Fund The Wall.

After collecting a staggering $20 million, a fundraiser to help build a wall along the United States southern border is being shut down because it failed to reach its target. "We are already taking action on identifying the most densely crossed areas of the border, soliciting affected landowners along the Southern border, and ascertaining the willingness of border landowners to provide no or low-priced easements on their property for wall construction". He acknowledged the government would not be able to accept the donations "anytime soon", and said his nonprofit was "better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border".

U.S President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes stand near the U.S. -Mexico border in San Diego, Calif., on July 16, 2018.

Kolfage believes the organization can complete "significant segments of the wall" faster than the government, according a statement he added to the GoFundMe description.

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