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Over $20 Million Raised in Border Wall GoFundMe Campaign to Be Refunded

12 January 2019

At $20 million, it would have been GoFundMe's most profitable campaign.

Brian Kolfage created the private fundraiser because he was "tired of watching the USA government's inability to secure our southern border", he wrote on the GoFundMe page.

"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". Because of this, Kolfage created a nonprofit called "We Build the Wall, Inc." and said he believes his team is better equipped than the government to use donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border.

"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", he posted.

According to GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne, the campaign was not able to deliver on its initial promise, which prompted the mass refund.

"However, that did not happen", Whithorne said.

Trump said he is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund the long-promised border wall.

When he gave an update, Kolfage did not say missing the goal was the reason for the refund.

But Business Insider reports that the funds will now be returned to donors.

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. You will receive your refund a few weeks after the 90 days expires and GoFundMe will notify you once your refund has processed.

On Friday, Brian Kolfage, who created the fundraiser, updated the campaign's GoFundMe page, urging donors to redirect their donations to a new501 (c)(4) non-profit Florida Corporation named "We Build the Wall, Inc." .

In a statement on January 11, Kolfage explained the choice to create a 501 (c)(4).

Whithorne said all donors will be contacted by GoFundMe via email.

"As a veteran who has given so much, three limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today", Kolfage, an Iraq War veteran, said in a December 2018 statement announcing the online donation regime.

"My personal issues have nothing to do with building the wall", Kolfage told NBC when asked why he failed to mention the scams to his wall donors.

Over $20 Million Raised in Border Wall GoFundMe Campaign to Be Refunded