GoFundMe is refunding all donations made to the 'Build the Wall' fundraiser

GoFundMe Will Refund All Donations Made to Florida Veteran’s ‘Fund the Wall’ Campaign

GoFundMe could be returning more than $20 million in donations to help fund a U.S. -Mexico border wall if donors don't redirect their funds to a newly created nonprofit, reports said Friday.

Brian Kolfage, the campaign's founder, assured donors Friday that because the campaign didn't reach its $1 billion goal, they would be refunded.

Kolfage's original campaign page had said "If we don't reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny" and that "100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall".

But Kolfage also announced on Friday he was suddenly stepping back from donating the money straight to the USA government - a promise it wasn't exactly clear he could complete - and instead funneling the money to a new nonprofit he started called "We Build the Wall, Inc". Now refunds will be given unless donors specifically take steps to reroute their monetary gift to the corporation.

"Eight days before Christmas I started this GoFundMe campaign because I was exhausted of watching the US government's inability to secure our southern border", Kolfage wrote on the campaign's page Friday. You will receive your refund a few weeks after the 90 days expires and GoFundMe will notify you once your refund has processed.

People who want their donations redirected to Kolfage's new organization will have to proactively elect to do so, a GoFundMe spokesperson explained to Business Insider.

(THV11) - The organizers behind a massive GoFundMe campaign to help pay for President Trump's border wall are now instead planning to build a wall on the southern border themselves.

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 in Congress have refused to support the $5.6 billion Trump seeks for the project, leading to the ongoing partial government shutdown - now the longest in US history. Democrats, headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, remain steadfast in opposition to Trump's wall. It quickly went viral and has amassed more than 338,000 donors.

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.

While the campaign has raised more than $20 million from over 325,000 donors, it's well short of the $1 billion goal. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this has never deterred me in the past. That outfit will use donations to privately build "significant segments of the wall".



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