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GoFundMe said Friday that it would refund $20 million raised by more than 300,000 donors for President Trump's border wall after an account aiming to raise $1 billion for the wall changed part of its campaign.

Brian Kolfage, the veteran who created the account last month, originally pledged that "every single penny" would be refunded if the original goal had not been met. He updated the page on Friday, saying that the federal government would not be able to accept the $20 million soon.

While Kolfage said money donated to the original campaign would go to the government to fund a border wall, he wrote Friday that he has since formed a nonprofit corporation in Florida named "We Build the Wall, Inc." to receive the GoFundMe contributions.

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

The page now states that the funds raised will be used "in the execution of our mission and purpose" for his new created nonprofit.

"To honor the commitment, we made to our donors; all funds raised, less the processing fees and refunds, will be transferred to a special purpose account to carry out the purposes and mission of We Build the Wall, Inc.," Kolfage wrote. "I will personally not take a penny of compensation from these donations."

Since the original intent of the campaign's promise has changed, GoFundMe said in a statement that the more than 337,000 people who donated will receive a refund.

"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,' " GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne told The Hill on Friday. "He also stated on the campaign page, '100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall. If for ANY reason we don't reach our goal we will refund your donation.' "

"However, that did not happen. This means all donors will receive a refund," Whithorne continued. "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."

Kolfage, a triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient, spearheaded the crowdfunding campaign last month shortly before a partial government shutdown was triggered on Dec. 22 over Trump's demand for border wall funding.

The campaign quickly went viral, earning more than $11.5 million from more than 189,700 donors in four days.

Reports of Kolfage's past business ventures started surfacing as the campaign gained national attention, including his alleged history of running sites that promoted conspiracy theories and racist content.

Read more:  https://thehill.com/homenews/administrat...funded?amp
(01-11-2019, 06:56 PM)Kadosh Wrote: [ -> ]GoFundMe said Friday that it would refund $20 million raised by more than 300,000 donors for President Trump's border wall after an account aiming to raise $1 billion for the wall changed part of its campaign.

Brian Kolfage, the veteran who created the account last month, originally pledged that "every single penny" would be refunded if the original goal had not been met. He updated the page on Friday, saying that the federal government would not be able to accept the $20 million soon.

While Kolfage said money donated to the original campaign would go to the government to fund a border wall, he wrote Friday that he has since formed a nonprofit corporation in Florida named "We Build the Wall, Inc." to receive the GoFundMe contributions.

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

The page now states that the funds raised will be used "in the execution of our mission and purpose" for his new created nonprofit.

"To honor the commitment, we made to our donors; all funds raised, less the processing fees and refunds, will be transferred to a special purpose account to carry out the purposes and mission of We Build the Wall, Inc.," Kolfage wrote. "I will personally not take a penny of compensation from these donations."

Since the original intent of the campaign's promise has changed, GoFundMe said in a statement that the more than 337,000 people who donated will receive a refund.

"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,' " GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne told The Hill on Friday. "He also stated on the campaign page, '100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall. If for ANY reason we don't reach our goal we will refund your donation.' "

"However, that did not happen. This means all donors will receive a refund," Whithorne continued. "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."

Kolfage, a triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient, spearheaded the crowdfunding campaign last month shortly before a partial government shutdown was triggered on Dec. 22 over Trump's demand for border wall funding.

The campaign quickly went viral, earning more than $11.5 million from more than 189,700 donors in four days.

Reports of Kolfage's past business ventures started surfacing as the campaign gained national attention, including his alleged history of running sites that promoted conspiracy theories and racist content.

Read more:  https://thehill.com/homenews/administrat...funded?amp

Total scam from the start. He knew it, you all didn't. Lmao
(01-11-2019, 07:00 PM)Full~Throttle Wrote: [ -> ]Total scam from the start.  He knew it, you all didn't.   Lmao

Who the hell is "you all?" 1dunno1
Never trust a triple amputee.
(01-11-2019, 07:02 PM)Kadosh Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-11-2019, 07:00 PM)Full~Throttle Wrote: [ -> ]Total scam from the start.  He knew it, you all didn't.   Lmao

Who the hell is "you all?"  1dunno1

All the donors, all the people cheering him on, all the people who stood by him as he ran the scam.
was you one of those people? Then if so, you all includes you. Yeah3
Rule #1. Never trust anyone who suddenly deviates from their original plan once the venture has begun!  1dunno1

Rule #2. Never trust anyone who suddenly deviates from their original plan once the venture has begun!  Chuckle

Some people needed to hear this twice! Heartflowers

just sayin' V6sRZf4
it was a Catch-22, but no one expected GoFundMe themselves to toss the monkey wrench into the works! Ham
What do you think Winter? Are you gonna give him your donation or get the refund?
Amateur

Everyone knows you need someone squeaky clean as the front man on a con like that .
fuck...
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