The campaign, which was started in December by Iraq veteran and right-wing activist Brian Kolfage, was meant to be an end-run around the congressional stalemate over the wall and let Trump supporters pay for it directly, and as of Friday has raised almost $20.2 million (about 2 percent of the $1 billion goal, and 0.08 percent of the amount experts say it would actually require to build the wall).
Business Insider reports that when the campaign was started, founder Brian Kolfage promised all donations would be used to pay for a border wall between the USA and Mexico once the $1 billion goal was reached. "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.' He also stated on the campaign page, '100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall".
"We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border", he said.
It's unclear if GoFudMe is taking steps to verify the charity's legitimacy. 'This means all donors will receive a refund'.
GoFundMe is refunding all that money and Kolfage has to start again.
The problem is Kolfage had already launched his campaign and GoFundMe forbids changing where donated funds will go.
Kolfage explained his reasoning for shifting gears and establishing the corporation.
A construction crew works as new sections of the U.S. -Mexico border barrier are installed on January 11, 2019 as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. Democrats, headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, remain steadfast in opposition to Trump's wall.
President Trump is still demanding that Congress fund his wall and partially shut the government down on December 22, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay.
On Saturday, the shutdown officially became the longest closure in the nation's history.
The campaign raised a little more than $20 million from more than 337,000 donors. 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.
Kolfage, who urged donors to look him up to make sure the campaign was legitimate, was running a page titled Right Wing News - along with affiliated sites - which was purged by Facebook for publishing false news and conspiracy theories, according to NBC News. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this has never deterred me in the past.