Border wall GoFundMe campaign to refund donations after missing goal

Lester Mason
January 12, 2019

GoFundMe will allow donors to divert their money to We Fund The Wall if they so choose; however, if donors fail to respond to a GoFundMe email, their contribution will automatically be refunded.

"GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne told INSIDER that when the campaign was started, founder Brian Kolfage promised donors that all donations would be used to pay for a border wall between the USA and Mexico if the $1 billion goal was met".

A Florida veteran's GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a border wall will be refunding money to its donors after falling short of the $1 billion goal.

When the campaign was first created, the organizer also stated that "if for ANY reason we don't reach our goal we will refund your donation". I am honoring that commitment today.


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. "This means all donors will receive a refund". "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. Kolfage said that he hopes the money raised "will jumpstart things" and "be less money Trump has to secure from our politicians".

Kolfage has recruited a veritable who's who of right-wing characters to sit on the board of directors for We Fund The Wall. Kolfage blamed Washington gridlock in part, saying that "the federal government won't be able to accept our donations anytime soon".

He added that they've been working to identify possible locations to start building the border wall, reaching out to affected landowners and studying ways to build the wall as cheaply and efficiently as possible.

Among the group of "experts" listed on the GoFundMe page are Erik Prince, an American businessman known as the founder of the security firm Blackwater (he is also Betsy DeVos' brother), Sheriff David Clarke, the former Milwaukee County sheriff known for his anti-immigrant views, and frequent Trump campaigner Steve Ronnebeck, whose 21-year-old son Grant was murdered by an undocumented immigrant in 2015. "We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border". "Our team strongly believes that we can complete our segments of the wall for less than half of the government's estimated costs on a per mile basis".

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