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Border wall GoFundMe campaign to refund donations after missing goal

Border wall GoFundMe campaign to refund donations after missing goal

Business Insider reports that when the campaign was started, founder Brian Kolfage promised all donations would be used to pay for a border wall between the US and Mexico once the $1 billion goal was reached.

A Florida veteran's GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a border wall will be refunding money to its donors after falling short of the $1 billion goal. He said donors will be given a choice to either receive a refund or have their contributions transferred to the new organization.

The switch broke GoFundMe's donation rules and prompted the refund offer.

The fundraiser was set up by Brian Kolfage, who is a triple amputee, a Purple Heart Recipient and a motivational speaker.

"Eight days before Christmas I started this GoFundMe campaign because I was exhausted of watching the USA government's inability to secure our southern border", he posted.

The federal government won't be able to accept our donations anytime soon.

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".

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"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 continued. "Rather than subsidizing the federal government, which has betrayed the American people by obstructing President Donald Trump's agenda, 'We Build the Wall" is taking the President's signature campaign promise into our own hands.

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".

Whithorne said all donors will be contacted via email about receiving their 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'".

"However, that did not happen", he added.

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. "This means all donors will receive a refund", Whithorne told CBS of the GoFundMe.

Much of the shutdown can be attributed to a standoff over President Donald Trump's demands for $5.7 million in appropriations to fund a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.