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Donations to border wall GoFundMe to be refunded

13 January 2019
Donations to border wall GoFundMe to be refunded

Heartened by the overwhelming support of fellow Americans who have donated over $20 million to the viral GoFundMe campaign "We the People Will Fund the Wall", war hero and triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage announced the launch of a 501 (c) 4 called "We Build the Wall, Inc." which will fund the private construction of a wall along the United States' Southern Border.

Brian Kolfage, the Air Force veteran and triple amputee who founded the campaign, had set a goal of $1 billion on December 16 of past year to help build the barrier.

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Since the goal wasn't reached, the money will be returned to donors.

That's part of the reason donors are getting refunds. 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. Kolfage raised $16,246 for a veteran mentorship program, but BuzzFeed News reports that after collecting the funds, he didn't use the money as promised: none of the partners he claimed to have worked with - including Walter Reed, Brooke Army Medical Center and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany - have any records that Kolfage worked with their patients or donated money, according to representatives at the centers that BuzzFeed News spoke to. If a donor does not want a refund, and they want their donation to go to the new organization, they must proactively elect to redirect their donation to that organization. "If they do not take that step, they will automatically receive a full refund", the spokesperson said.

Kolfage explained his reasoning for shifting gears and establishing the corporation.

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.

"Better equipped than our own federal government, we have made significant progress in less than a month, having begun extensive due diligence and commenced feasibility studies", Kolfage said. Democrats, headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, remain steadfast in opposition to Trump's wall. If it continues to Saturday, it will be the longest. Right Wing News was deleted in October.

Currently, nine of 15 federal departments, as well as dozens of other agencies and federal programs, have closed or decreased services because the president has refused to sign a $5.6 billion budget bill that does not include spending for his wall - a key campaign promise.

"We have not been in contact with them about their wall, but I think it's pretty obvious that they don't have anything", he told The Post.