Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

GoFundMe to Refund All $20 Million Raised In Border Wall Effort

GoFundMe to Refund All $20 Million Raised In Border Wall Effort

Money raised by a GoFundMe campaign started by Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, that was meant to raise $1 billion for a wall along the US-Mexico border will be refunded to donors upon request, after the online cash aggregate noted that contributions fell staggeringly short of the intended goal. The campaign earned a massive amount of attention - and just as many donations.

According to GoFUndMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne, the border wall online campaign's founder promised donors that all donations would go toward building the wall along the southern border proposed by US President Donald Trump - if the campaign met its $1 billion target, cited by the Insider. When it started, he said he would only collect the funds if the campaign hit $1 billion, or about one-fifth of what President Donald Trump requests from Congress to start construction. "Like most Americans, I see the porous southern border as a national security threat and I refuse to allow our broken political system to leave my family and my country vulnerable to attack", he wrote.

In this November 10, 2014, file photo, former U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, center, sits in a wheelchair next to his wife Ashley, right, during the National September 11 Memorial and Museum's "Salute to Service" tribute. Sheriff David Clarke, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Fox News contributor Sara A. Carte are also listed as being on the We Build the Wall, Inc. board, according to the nonprofit's website.

The organizers of a GoFundMe campaign to fund the construction of a wall along the southern U.S. border have scrapped plans to hand $20m over to the federal government and plan to build the wall privately instead.

"When the campaign was created, the campaign organizer specifically stated on the campaign page, 'If we don't reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny, '" Mr. Whithorne said in a statement, multiple outlets reported.

When he gave an update, Kolfage did not say missing the goal was the reason for the refund.

"However, that did not happen", the statement continued.

Kolfage's will now attempt to build the wall without going through government channels, and is instead asking people to redirect their donations to a new non-profit organization.

Whithorne said all donors will be contacted via email about receiving their refund.

Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee who was wounded while serving in Iraq in 2004, has received thousands of donations totaling $20,132,662 since December 16.

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.

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