USGoFundMe border wall campaign to refund all donors

23:55  11 january  2019
23:55  11 january  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

GoFundMe "Trump Wall" donors have given $7 million to organizer's new idea

GoFundMe Donors have given Brian Kolfage at least $7 million for his endeavor to privately fund and build a southern border wall , according to Kolfage and another source familiar with the effort. President Donald Trump has asked Congress for more than $5 billion to build the same project, but Kolfage says he can do it for half the cost. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

CHECK DONATIONS : Make Payable to : WeFund The Wall . Brian Kolfage 4833 Front St. Unit B-158 Castle Rock, CO • Rep Andy Harris Introduced the Border Wall Bonds Act of 2018, if passed with the Gov Funding bill it will GoFundMe Border Wall Founder Has A Fiery Message for Democrats.

Crowdfunding donations have paid for medical and legal bills, wildfire losses and college tuition. Now, a GoFundMe campaign aims to finance one the most hotly debated issues in American politics: President Trump’s long-promised border wall .

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A GoFundMe campaign to subsidize what it called "The Trump Wall" will refund all money to donors because it did not meet its $1 billion goal, said Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundMe.

Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, raised more than $20 million on the crowd-funding platform to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. At the onset of the campaign, Kolfage said he would only collect the funds if the campaign hit its goal of $1 billion -- about one-fifth of what President Trump has been demanding from Congress to build it.

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Homeless vet in GoFundMe scam arrested after failing to appear in court Johnny Bobbitt was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday but officials say he never showed up . An arrest warrant was later issued.Bobbitt, along with New Jersey couple Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico, all face charges for their alleged involvement in a high-profile GoFundMe scam that raised over $400,000. After a chance encounter at a local casino, the trio allegedly devised a story that prosecutors have since called a fake "good Samaritan" scam. McClure and D'Amico set up a GoFundMe campaign, "Paying it Forward," to reward Bobbitt for his generosity around the holiday season last year.

GoFundMe will reportedly refund all donations made to the campaign that was raising money to build a wall along the US-Mexico border . The GoFundMe campaign that aimed to raise billion for a border wall is shutting down, and the million raised will be refunded to donors .

A GoFundMe campaign to actualize President Donald Trump's call for a wall along the United States' border with Mexico has raised more than million. GoFundMe Campaign Raises Over Million to Fund a Border Wall — But It May Need to Be Refunded .

"However, that did not happen. This means all donors will receive a refund," Whithorne said in an email to CBS News.

In an update to donors Friday, Kolfage did not say that missing the goal was the main reason for the refund. Instead, he pointed to government inefficiencies and the fact that the federal government "won't be able to accept our donations anytime soon."

Kolfage gave donors the option of giving their GoFundMe contribution to himself and a team he assembled to privately construct the border wall.

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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 wrote in his update.

Donors will have to proactively opt to give the money to Kolfage; if they do nothing the money will automatically be returned, according to Whithorne.

A spokesperson for Brian Kolfage, Jennifer Lawrence, did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

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