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GoFundMe "Trump Wall" campaign to refund all donors after falling short of $1 billion goal
Posted by: $tevie
Date: January 11, 2019 06:21PM
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A GoFundMe campaign to subsidize what it called "the Trump Wall" will refund all money to donors because it did not meet its $1 billion goal, said Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundMe. Donors will receive their money on April 11, unless they choose to donate their contribution to the campaign creator's new venture, GoFundMe said in an email to the campaign's participants.

Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, raised more than $20 million on the crowd-funding platform to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. At the onset of the campaign, Kolfage said he would only collect the funds if the campaign hit its goal of $1 billion -- about one-fifth of what President Trump has been demanding from Congress to build it.

"However, that did not happen. This means all donors will receive a refund," Whithorne said in an email to CBS News.

The refund announcement came a day after BuzzFeed News reported that Kolfage pocketed money in a previous GoFundMe campaign intended to help other wounded soldiers. 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.
[www.cbsnews.com]

The Organizers of the Border Wall GoFundMe Are Now Trying to Build the Wall Themselves
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According to Kolfage, the group has been in touch with landowners in Texas about leasing or buying land along the southern border, and has enlisted a team of architects and engineers to begin the design process. The new effort will register as a 501(c)(4), a social welfare advocacy nonprofit, and it has attracted a who’s who of some of the loudest anti-immigrant voices on the far right. Some of the names on the board of directors of the new organization include former Kansas secretary of State Kris Kobach, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, former Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke, and former congressman Tom Tancredo.

Because the purpose of the original fundraising effort has shifted, organizers will be emailing each of the 330,000 donors to the original GoFundMe and asking them to opt-in to the new plan. If they decide not to opt-in, their money will be refunded.

“Our ultimate goal is just to protect the American people and we are going to do it one mile at a time, and if that means we build the whole dang wall before the government can get involved, then we will build the whole dang wall,” Kolfage said.
[nymag.com]



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Re: GoFundMe "Trump Wall" campaign to refund all donors after falling short of $1 billion goal
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 11, 2019 07:31PM
Bummer.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: GoFundMe "Trump Wall" campaign to refund all donors after falling short of $1 billion goal
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: January 12, 2019 02:26PM
Fake news! $20 MM puts them at 2x their goal!





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/12/2019 02:26PM by Lux Interior.
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Re: GoFundMe "Trump Wall" campaign to refund all donors after falling short of $1 billion goal
Posted by: pdq
Date: January 13, 2019 06:58AM
Yeah, um, more like 2% of their “goal”, which if their goal had been attained, might have financed 40 miles of wall along a ~2000 mile border.

Grifters gotta grift.
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