Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Triple-Amputee Veteran Says He Will Refund GoFundMe Wall Donations

Triple-Amputee Veteran Says He Will Refund GoFundMe Wall Donations

The campaign, which was started in December by Iraq veteran and right-wing activist Brian Kolfage, was meant to be an end-run around the congressional stalemate over the wall and let Trump supporters pay for it directly, and as of Friday has raised almost $20.2 million (about 2 percent of the $1 billion goal, and 0.08 percent of the amount experts say it would actually require to build the wall).

A triple-amputee veteran was on the mission to make President Donald Trump's campaign promise of building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border come true as he gained over $20 million on his "We The People Will Build the Wall" GoFundMe page.

"Our team strongly believes that we can complete our segments of the wall for less than half of the government's estimated costs on a per mile basis", Kolfage said.

"We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border,"Kolfage wrote". Now refunds will be given unless donors specifically take steps to reroute their monetary gift to the corporation.

However that figure still fell far short of its aim to raise $1 billion so GoFundMe has said that everyone who donated to the drive will be refunded, Business Insider reports.

"This means all donors will receive a refund", Bobby Whithorne, a spokesman for GoFundMe, told media outlets, including USA Today, on Friday.

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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. Trump has insisted the shutdown will continue as long as the federal budget excludes funding for his $5 billion wall.

People walk on the Mexican side of the U.S. -Mexico border barrier on January 10. The government has now been shut down for a record 22 days over the impasse between the president and the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Trump administration did not respond to requests for comment Friday evening on the possibility of a privately funded effort to build the wall, according to the New York Times.

The campaign, titled "We The People Will Build the Wall", raised $20 million from 337,518 people in 25 days, and has been shared almost 100,000 times. It quickly went viral and has amassed more than 338,000 donors.

Kolfage previously ran a Facebook page called Right Wing News that often circulated conspiracy theories. However campaigners are now pledging to build the wall themselves. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this has never deterred me in the past.

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