Shortly before the government shutdown on December 22, veteran Brian Kolfage created a GoFundMe campaign aimed at raising $1 billion to fund Trump’s border wall, according to The Hill. However, the $20 million currently raised will be fully refunded to the 300,000 donors.
In setting up the campaign, Kolfage had pledged, “If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny.” On Friday, he wrote that the funds raised would instead go to his new nonprofit corporation, “We Build the Wall, Inc.” Because the campaign did not reach its goal GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne stated that the donors would receive full refunds, only having their money redirected to the new organization if proactively elected to do so.
Buzzfeed News also recently found that Kolfage began a campaign in 2015 and “allegedly pocketed money.”
“Whithorne confirmed to Buzzfeed that Kolfage in 2015 launched a GoFundMe that raised $16,246 under the premise that the money would go to a veteran mentorship program. Whitorne said the money went directly to Kolfage.”
Kolfage is a triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient, but is also known for “running sites that promoted conspiracy theories and racist content.”