Border wall GoFundMe campaign to refund donations after missing goal

Border wall GoFundMe campaign to refund donations after missing goal

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".

At $20 million, it would have been GoFundMe's most profitable campaign.

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.

Kolfage said on his GoFundMe page that he will refund donations or, if donors agree, will put them toward a new company that will build sections of the wall itself on private property along the frontier.

"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.

On Friday, Kolfage updated the page and introduced a non-profit titled "We Build the Wall, Inc".

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"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. I am honoring that commitment today. "If they do not take that step, they will automatically receive a full refund", the spokesperson said.

Donors will have to proactively choose to hand over the donation to Kolfage's group.

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.

In a statement on January 11, Kolfage explained the choice to create a 501 (c)(4).

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

In addition, some 800,000 federal employees have been on furlough or are being forced to continue working without pay, costing the USA economy an estimated several billion dollars, Sputnik previously reported. "We are already taking action on identifying the most densely crossed areas of the border, soliciting affected landowners along the Southern border, and ascertaining the willingness of border landowners to provide no or low-priced easements on their property for wall construction". "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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