Border wall GoFundMe campaign to refund donations after missing goal

Clay Curtis
January 12, 2019

An Iraq war veteran cancelled his plan to crowdsource $1 billion to help President Donald Trump build a wall on the Mexico border Friday after raising only $20 million and drawing questions about his online activities.

A BuzzFeed News investigation published Thursday alleges Kolfage "spent more than a decade carefully crafting his public persona as an altruistic, conservative public figure", but quoted some people who had worked with him that, "he can be vengeful and malicious, and that the pursuit of profits above all else fueled his behavior".

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.

"When I created this fundraiser, I said if we did not reach our goal we will refund donors", he wrote.

Kolfage is giving donors the option of giving their donation to himself and a team he assembled to privately construct.the border wall.

"We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border", he wrote.

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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, while meeting or exceeding all required regulatory, engineering, and environmental specifications", Kolfage said. "This means all donors will receive a refund", Whithorne said in an email to CBS News. I am honoring that commitment today.

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. When Americans see us completing real miles of attractive wall, we know that we will raise the many billions we need to finally secure the entire border.

While there are a range of estimates to fully build a border wall along the southern border, many estimates exceed $20 billion. There is a GoFundMe campaign owned by Kolfage under the same name with the update, "We have moved our campaign to a new website", with a link to an outside site.

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. Instead, he pointed to government inefficiencies and the fact that the federal government "won't be able to accept our donations anytime soon".

U.S President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes stand near the U.S. -Mexico border in San Diego, Calif., on July 16, 2018. "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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