Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee, began a GoFundMe page to raise $1 billion for Mr. Trump’s border wall. Trump has shutdown the government for three weeks now in an attempt to get $5.6 billion from Congress to build the wall, but so far the childish standoff continues.
On Saturday, it was reported that the money raised by Kolfage’s GoFundMe campaign will be returned to those who contributed. The campaign raised over $20 million dollars, but the goal was to raise $1 billion and Kolfage had said that the intention was to raise all or nothing.
GoFundMe told CNN:
‘When the campaign was created, the campaign organizer specifically stated on the campaign page, “If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny.” He also stated on the campaign page, “100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall. If for ANY reason we don’t reach our goal we will refund your donation.”‘
‘That did not happen. This means all donors will receive a refund.’
‘However, the campaign page was still up early Saturday and accepting donations, and it’s unclear when it will be taken down. GoFundMe said it is up to the campaign organizer to determine when it will be shut down.‘With the now longest government shutdown in US history taking place over the funding of the border wall, Kolfage’s campaign page said he “was tired of watching the U.S. government’s inability to secure our southern border.”‘
‘In place of the GoFundMe campaign, Kolfage set up a 501(c)(4) non-profit Florida Corporation named “We Build the Wall, Inc.” and is asking donors to redirect their contributions to the organization.’
‘When I created this fundraiser, I said if we did not reach our goal we will refund donors. I am honoring that commitment today. We will promptly refund your donation unless you tell us you approve our new plan for action.’
‘The new group’s board, Kolfage announced on Friday, includes Erik Prince, the founder of infamous military contractor Blackwater; David Clarke, the scandal-plagued former sheriff of Milwaukee County; Fox News contributor Sara Carter; Tom Tancredo, an immigration hardliner and former Colorado congressman; and former Kansas Secretary of State and voter fraud crusader Kris Kobach.’
‘I joined the organization because its mission is of the highest importance to our country. The wall needs to be completed, and it needs to be done as soon as possible. The best way to accomplish that is through a combination of both public and private efforts.’