GoFundMe to refund $20M in donations to build wall

The GoFundMe campaign for Trump's border wall is refunding donors

An attempt to raise funds for the southern border wall touted by President Trump fell short of its $1 billion goal, prompting GoFundMe to return the $20 million raised so far.

Turns out an Air Force veteran is having just as much trouble funding a border wall between the US and Mexico as President Donald Trump. Kolfage said in an update to the GoFundMe campaign page that he's formed a non-profit corporation named "We Build the Wall, Inc".

Among the members of "We Build the Wall", Kolfage names former Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke, Blackwater founder Erik Prince and former Kansas Secretary of Sate Kris Kobach, among others.

Donors will get their money on April 11 unless they choose to donate their contribution to campaign creator Brian Kolfage's new venture, CBS News reported.

GoFundMe confirmed because there was a change in how the funds were to be used, all of the money donated to the campaign will be refunded, unless contributors proactively elect to redirect their donation to the new organization.

The veteran who set up the GoFundMe fundraiser for President Trump's border wall allegedly pocketed money meant for wounded veterans in the past, according to a new BuzzFeed News investigation. "We will promptly refund your donation unless you tell us you approve our new plan for action".

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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.

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

He also said he's grateful for Trump's commitment to border security. Democrats, headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, remain steadfast in opposition to Trump's wall. "I personally will not take a penny of compensation from these donations incurred in the furtherance of this mission".

Kolfage told NBC he didn't disclose the fundraising effort in the wall GoFundMe because he didn't want to "mix the two", saying, "my personal issues have nothing to do with building the wall". "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".

In the Friday update on the GoFundMe page, the group said it had come to the conclusion that the federal government wouldn't be able to accept their 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.

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