GoFundMe to refund donations for border wall

Elias Hubbard
January 12, 2019

Brian Kolfage, a purple heart veteran and triple amputee, explained in an update on the GoFundMe page Friday that they'd set up a non-profit and are "better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border".

The campaign raised a little more than $20 million from more than 337,000 donors.

After collecting more than $20 million in donations in support of building a border wall along the United States' southern border, GoFundMe will give automatic refunds to those who donated in the project.

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

"However, that did not happen", Whithorne said. In GoFundMe's view, that means they can refund donors' money.

Kolfage, a USA veteran and Trump supporter, updated the campaign's GoFundMe page on Friday announcing the refunds.

But donations slowed and Kolfage said the group had concluded that the government won't be able to make use of them in the foreseeable future.

"We Build the Wall" has assembled a board of directors led by Kolfage and engaged an impressive team of advisors to provide critical guidance on the project's legal, engineering, contracting, environmental, accounting, maintenance, and real estate issues and serve on the advisory board and or the construction, finance and or audit committees.

Among the members of "We Build the Wall", Kolfage names former Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke, Blackwater founder Erik Prince and former Kansas Secretary of Sate Kris Kobach, among others. "We will promptly refund your donation unless you tell us you approve our new plan for action", he said via GoFundMe in a January 11 update.

"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", he wrote on his fundraising page.

GoFundMe confirmed because there was a change in how the funds were to be used, all of the money donated to the campaign will be refunded, unless contributors proactively elect to redirect their donation to the new organization.

It's unclear if GoFudMe is taking steps to verify the charity's legitimacy.

This article has been updated with additional comments from GoFundMe. Soon after, reports followed of Kolfage's previous endeavours, which included stints running conspiracy-theory websites and a related Facebook page that was kicked off the platform in October.

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