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$20M DONATED FOR BORDER WALL VIA DISABLED VET’S GOFUNDME PAGE MAY BE REFUNDED

GoFundMe could be returning more than $20 million in donations to help fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall if donors don’t redirect their funds to a newly created nonprofit, reports said Friday.

Triple-amputee U.S. Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, 37, created the campaign, dubbed We The People Will Fund The Wall, last month. It quickly went viral and has amassed more than $20 million from some 338,000 donors. But the campaign failed to reach its $1 billion goal.

Kolfage said he launched his effort after reading a New York Post article that questioned why nobody had taken up the mantle to help pay for President Trump’s proposed border barrier.

GoFundMe campaigns can typically still collect money even if they do not meet their goal, but this case was different.

Kolfage’s original campaign page had said “If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny” and “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,” GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said in a statement Friday.

Kolfage has since created the nonprofit We Build the Wall, Inc. to ask donors to send money to the organization instead, according to Tribune Media Wire.

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.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Trump administration did not respond to requests for comment Friday evening on the possibility of a privately funded effort to build the wall, according to the New York Times.

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2 Responses

  1. Tammy

    You might want to check your facts. It has not reached 22 million as that is the record for go fund me for any fund raiser. Currently at time of writing it is 20.4 million

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