Over $20 Million Raised in Border Wall GoFundMe Campaign to Be Refunded

Erika Holt
January 13, 2019

The GoFundMe campaign that was raising money to build a wall between the US-Mexico border did not meet its $1 billion goal, which means the platform will begin issuing refunds to donors.

Since the goal wasn't reached, the money will be returned to donors.

The campaign, created in December of past year, had raised $20 million.

Kolfage has set up a fundraising goal of $1 billion to help pay for a physical barrier along the southern border.

Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, raised more than $20 million via the crowd-funding website to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

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

The problem is Kolfage had already launched his campaign and GoFundMe forbids changing where donated funds will go.

The federal government can't receive money without congressional approval, so he created his own non-profit called We Build the Wall. "If for ANY reason we don't reach our goal we will refund your donation", Bobby Whithorne, a spokesman for GoFundMe, said in a statement Friday.

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According to the updated page, Trump allies on the new nonprofit's advisory board include the controversial former Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke, the Blackwater/XE/Academi founder Erik Prince, and the Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach, who confirmed his involvement in a tweet.

The switch broke GoFundMe's donation rules and prompted the refund offer.

He added in a Business Wire interview: "Rather than subsidizing the federal government, which has betrayed the American people by obstructing President Donald Trump's agenda, "We Build the Wall" is taking the President's signature campaign promise into our own hands".

He also said he's grateful for Trump's commitment to border security.

"Our highly experienced team is highly confident that we can complete significant segments of the wall in less time, and for far less money, than the federal government, while meeting or exceeding all required regulatory, engineering, and environmental specifications", Kolfage wrote in his update.

GoFundMe donors would have to choose to redirect their money to the non-profit or be refunded the money in 90 days, the reports said.

Anyone who doesn't do this within 90 days will automatically receive a refund. "All donors will be contacted by GoFundMe via email and they can also find additional the donor form directly on the campaign page", he said. It quickly went viral and has amassed more than 338,000 donors.

BuzzFeed noted that Facebook had cancelled accounts he had for pages that promoted right-wing views that Facebook deemed "inauthentic activity", its term for spam and click-bait focused pages, often known for fake news.

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