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The $20 million that have been donated to a GoFundMe page to help fund President Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border are going to be refunded.

Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage Jr., who started the campaign, announced on Friday he had formed a non-profit in Florida to receive money from GoFundMe contributions to build the wall himself with a team of officials without the help of the federal government.

“We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border,” Kolfage Jr. said in his announcement of the new plan.

“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.”

But GoFundMe said due to a change in where the money would actually be going, from the federal government to a non-profit, the $20 million will be returned to the more than 337,000 who donated.

“This means all donors will receive a refund,” said Bobby Whithorne, a spokesman for GoFundMe. “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 Jr. directed those who donated to a page where they can tell GoFundMe they’re OK with their donation being given to his non-profit. Those people have 90 days to take action, he says, before donations will be returned.

He also announced a board of directors for his new non-profit organization, titled “We Build the Wall, Inc.”

Those working on the project include Kris Kobach, who just lost a bid for Kansas governor, and David Clarke, a former Milwaukee County Sheriff and fierce supporter of Trump’s immigration policy who works at a pro-Donald Trump super PAC.

As part of the rationale to refund money, GoFundMe cited Kolfage Jr.’s original statements on the campaign page when it was started, saying that “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.” The campaign has a $1 billion goal listed on its page.

Kolfage Jr., in announcing the changes, said it was clear that the “federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon.”

When the campaign was started, Kolfage Jr. noted he was working with lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow funds raised in the campaign to go specifically to funding a border wall.

But construction of a wall is at the heart of a contentious disagreement between parties that has been at the center of the partial government shutdown that’s now in its 21st day.

Homeland Security, along with other government agencies, can’t simply accept money without the explicit approval of Congress.

In its policy, the agency cites a federal law that states “gifts may not be accepted, used, or disposed of unless specifically permitted” by Congress.

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44 Comments

44 Comments

  1. Richard R. Pope

    January 12, 2019 at 6:18 am

    I have already told GoFundMe to send my donation to the Non-Profit.
    America: Love it or Leave it!
    GOD Bless and GOD Help us,
    rich!

    • Carolyn McGirr

      January 12, 2019 at 6:34 am

      Richard, R Pope,
      How did you redirect your donation!

      • Kate

        January 12, 2019 at 11:24 am

        Go to the original GoFundMe page, click on the last update Brian posted, andthe link is at the bottom of the page.

      • Brenda

        January 12, 2019 at 11:42 am

        We The People Will Build the Wall

        Hey guys! If you want your donations to count towards building the wall I need you to opt in by clicking here —-> https://bit.ly/2SIQyBg WE ARE BUILDING THE

    • Nancy

      January 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Richard R Pope…………. I ask the same question. Sorry, but I don’t understand exactly what I have to do to tell them to give my donation to the Non-Profit for the wall.

  2. Michael Edward

    January 12, 2019 at 6:23 am

    ACTUALLY, WE NEED TWO WALLS – PARALLEL
    THE FIRST WALL IS YOUR TYPICAL STEEL SEE-THROUGH WALL 30′ TALL.
    THEN A 50′ DISTANCE AND THEN THE MASSIVE WALL SUCH AS THE VATICAN HAS.
    THIS WALL WOULD HAVE GUARD HOUSES EVERY MILE.
    THIS WOULD ALLOW FOR A TRAINED RIFLEMAN TO DISPATCH ANYONE CLEARING THE FIRST WALL.
    ALSO, YOU COULD HAVE SOLAR CELLS POSITIONED ALONG THE WALL TO SUPPLY ELECTRICITY BETWEEN GUARD HOUSES.
    THIS, ITSELF, WOULD PAY FOR THE WALL IN NO TIME.
    THIS ALSO COULD POWER AN ELECTRIC GRID NO ONE COULD WALK ON BETWEEN THE TWO WALLS.
    BE LETHAL, MY FRIEND.

    • Joy DB

      January 12, 2019 at 6:30 am

      I love your thinking, Michael! Go lethal, indeed!!

    • Fawn Sheets

      January 12, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      I think that’s a great idea

    • JMac

      January 12, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Excellent idea, Michael!!

    • CAROL ANN FOSELLI

      January 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      I AGREE WITH THE ELECTRICITY PART ANYONE TRYING TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES WOULD BE ZAPPED.

      • Dean Perry

        January 12, 2019 at 5:14 pm

        An electrical grid… on a mountain… in a river… on private property.
        Pass that joint.

    • MarcusDecat

      January 12, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      A third wall would be nice to block off California.

  3. Mark

    January 12, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Oh of COURSE the Homeland Security can’t accept the funds without congressional approval. Roadblocked from every damn direction it seems.

    • bob gillespie

      January 12, 2019 at 7:38 am

      Except when it goes to a left member and then it’s all OK

  4. James L. Coster

    January 12, 2019 at 6:31 am

    i support what the Air Force veteran was trying to do, however, he should have talked to a lawyer before he started this wall support campaign. in any public solicitation for donations to a cause, all the conditions of the use of the money have to be spelled out initially. you cannot change critical conditions after the process starts. gofundme would have been subject to being sued if they had not cancelled this campaign once they were notified the organizers were changing critical conditions of the fund drive. changing the terms of this fund raising was a stupid thing to do and i suspect it will kill the entire idea. i hope not as i support the idea – but i suspect this cause is done.

  5. Joan Barbacovi-Goesch

    January 12, 2019 at 6:34 am

    we too have asked our donation to the non-profit Sheriff Clarke and the others will get it done and wisely spend each dollar

  6. ERIC

    January 12, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Sounds like some under-handed BS by go F-me, which is likely run by liberals, in a vain attempt to thwart such a grand idea, I’d not be surprised if *cough*Soros*coughs* was behind such a scheme either!

  7. RJ

    January 12, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Good luck on a great project … build the worlds biggest BUG ZAPPER!!!! I am in!!!

  8. L

    January 12, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Once again political roadblocks are actively thwarting the will of the people. We really need to put specific restrictions on what Congress can and cannot do with our money. Convention of states need to urgently convene and set the records straight

  9. Bonita Backlund

    January 12, 2019 at 8:15 am

    If gofundme doesn’t want the money …. every American who cares to see a wall go up should send $1.00 to the WH … I believe the money would get that wall built.

  10. janznice

    January 12, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Go-Phluck-me must be a sh*t ass libturd orginization. Putting money where these Libturd thieves can steal 5% is just stupid someone needs to start a decent Funding company. Also the problem is America is Lawyers. They are the lowest life form.

    • J POLLS

      January 12, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      I TOTALLY AGREE, YOU COULD DO AWAY WITH 1,000,000 OF THEM AND STILL HAVE 1,000,000 TOO MANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Mary Williams

    January 12, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Why does it have to be approved by congress?Those incompetent assholes take gifts and bribes all the time without it being brought before them, just check out their net worth before office and after office!! Personally I think they should have sold cinderblocks with peoples names on them so when they’re set up filled with rebar and concrete they would know exactly who we are that don’t support the illegals or the democrats!! Then it would be a memorial for people who are tired of the government shoving crap down our throats!! “People who work for a living are tired of people who vote for a living!!”

  12. neo

    January 12, 2019 at 11:25 am

    The ONLY problem I see is there was a report that a few land owners was rejecting the idea of a wall…to that I say either stop and restart the wall at their property lines or “u” around them and let the cartels protect them (keep wall on someone else’s property…no fighting in court….

  13. Gregory Thomas

    January 12, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Put the walls up on the private property of those who want it. The funneling effect will
    make those without walls to change their mind and want them.

  14. Theresa L Arnadottir

    January 12, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Those stupid walls lol like they wouldn’t find an another way into, Wall has never stopped anyone in any country so far for many years, I would put my money in something more important, not on stupid wall, Trump the toddler chief has brainwash you all very much lol

    • Miss Nonya

      January 12, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      you, madam, are an idiot

      • Dorothy Paul

        January 12, 2019 at 10:49 pm

        She’s more than an idiot, she is a stupid, brain-dead DemoRAT. Walls do work. Bet she had one around her house to keep the rif-raf out.

    • Ron

      January 12, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      I agree, deploy our military to the border. There will be plenty of things to “drill” on and border crossings will soon diminish to the point of stopping altogether!

    • Luce

      January 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

      You are such an ignorant moron. If walls do not work why does everyone that owns a home have a fenc3 around their home? Fences and walls work.

    • Freedom Rules

      January 13, 2019 at 1:58 am

      You’ve Been Brainwashed By The Communist News Network aka “FAKE NEWS” And The Rest Of The Communist Left In Congress, That’s How Ignorant You Are, I Have Done My Research On The Democrat Far Left, When I Was Notified By People Who Fled Communism In Cuba, Some From Eastern Communist Europe When They Noticed Obama Is A Communist, This Was In 2013, Long Before Trump.. So I Did My Research On Obama, And Low And Behold I Found Massive Amounts Of Information, People Who Knew Him In School, People Who Knew Him In College.. For Starters His Grandparents Were Communist, At The Age Of 9 His Grandparents Turned Him Over To Their Communist Friends To Educate In Communism.. I Can’t Remember The 2 Names But Obama Called Them His Mentors.. So If You Want Communism I Would Stress Moving To A Communist Country, Because Communism Is Not Wanted Here In A Free Nation.. We Will Defeat Communism At All Costs !!!

  15. Chrisandra

    January 12, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Glad to see the donations redirected to a non-profit. This way the thieves in government can’t get their hands on the money. Of course I opted in for the non-profit. I want to see this wall built strong and high, and it won’t cost half as much as the outrageous amounts that government contract suppliers charge for their products. Just like hospitals which charge $8.00 for a bandage, a screw from a government contractor probably costs at least $5 apiece. Go for it, Mr. Kobach, we’re behind you all the way.

  16. SKTrynoskySr

    January 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Seems to me that the money should go to the State of Texas to build a wall. They HAVE their act together!

  17. Mary Johnson

    January 12, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I am glad that he is doing it the honest way and that by doing so I believe he and his team will get that wall built.

  18. Janet Neale

    January 12, 2019 at 8:39 pm

  19. bbaker

    January 12, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Our border line should be considered an “Easement” that only the government can construct barriers on. Sorry land owners but don’t obstruct the wall.

  20. Matt

    January 13, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Go **** Me. Vermin.

  21. Laura

    January 13, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Each time I read a liberal saying something negative about Brian’s campaign, I am donating again. With or without the wall, I support Brian. You go Brian! Keep fighting to keep America safe.

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