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GoFundMe border wall campaign to refund donors after falling short of goal

GoFundMe Will Refund All Donations Made to Florida Veteran’s ‘Fund the Wall’ Campaign GoFundMe Will Refund All Donations Made to Florida Veteran’s ‘Fund the Wall’ Campaign
Pablo Mccormick | 12 January, 2019, 22:33

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 veteran Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe account in December, quickly piling up donations as Trump was unable to get Congress to fund the wall - leading to a now three-week-old partial shutdown of the government.

He also said on the page that "100 percent" of the monies raised would be refunded if the $1 billion goal hadn't been met or if it hadn't "come significantly close".

The non-profit company, We Build the Wall, Inc., is led by Kolfage and other prominent anti-immigration activists including private security expert and regular Trump consultant Erik Prince; David Clarke, the former Milwaukee sheriff and a favorite of Trump; and Kris Kobach, the conservative secretary of state of Kansas. Now refunds will be given unless donors specifically take steps to reroute their monetary gift to the corporation. You will receive your refund a few weeks after the 90 days expires and GoFundMe will notify you once your refund has processed.

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The refund announcement comes a day after BuzzFeed News reported that Kolfage pocketed money in a previous GoFundMe campaign meant to help other wounded soldiers, CBS said.

"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.

Turns out an Air Force veteran is having just as much trouble funding a border wall between the USA and Mexico as President Donald Trump.

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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.

That impressive pace continued and before long the fundraiser had racked up more than $20 million in donations, meaning, had it been successful, it would have been one of the biggest GoFundMe campaigns ever.

Kolfage, who urged donors to look him up to make sure the campaign was legitimate, was running a page titled Right Wing News - along with affiliated sites - which was purged by Facebook for publishing false news and conspiracy theories, according to NBC News.

"If the Democrats won't provide the funding for what the American people voted for in 2016 then we the people will". There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this has never deterred me in the past. "CBS reports that the is called 'We Build the Wall, Inc".

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