Brian Kolfage created a gofundme fundraiser for the border wall, and many conservatives joined in hoping to get the wall built.
I never gave because there was no clear-cut, final destination for the money and he told the donors that. Kolfage said they were in talks, but it had not been solidified. He got news coverage, all the way up to Congress but there was no definite final resting place for the money.
There was a 501(3)(c) organization that was already in place with the ability to get the funds to the Department of Homeland Security called fundthewall.com, and they tried to reach out to Kolfage, but he never responded.
Kolfage told the donors if he didn’t reach his goal, ALL the money would be returned. That’s millions, let me reiterate, MILLIONS of dollars would be returned.
“When the campaign was created, the Kolfage specifically stated on the campaign page, ‘If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny,‘” GoFundMe told CNN. There was nothing about starting up a 501(3)(c) or a 501(4)(c). He was going to return the money to the donors.
“He also stated on the campaign page, ‘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, that did not happen. This means all donors will receive a refund,” GoFundMe told CNN.
As Brian decides to give the money back, he’s created a plan to build the wall on his own. By doing that and giving people the choice to donate to that new plan, most will not ask for their $20 or $30 back because, by nature, some people want to be part of anything.
“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.”
This statement doesn’t say it’s going to be done just as the original gofundme statement didn’t say that the fundraiser had a contact at Treasury that was going to take the funds and apply it to building the wall.
Let me remind you once more time, there was no clear avenue of handing the money off to the government, it was an idea that when the money was raised (which was a longshot at best) they were prepared to give the money to the Treasury (which was the wrong idea, as it should have gone to DHS.)
The reason why I kept my mouth shut on this is that conservatives tend to get angry when the truth is told or when their pride is hurt when they have been notified they were wronged. You would have jumped on me like some of you will do, lying to yourself by claiming I am jealous of another veteran doing good work. If you feel that way, this veteran is ashamed of your attitude.
Most of you gave to an idea that didn’t have a clear outcome. You thought you were doing the right thing but didn’t do your homework. If you want to do the right thing, take the refund and give to the real 501(3)(c) at fundthewall.com (I am not affiliated with this organization).
Don’t take my word, research and confirm they are doing the right thing.
It seems that at the time of this article, Kolfage’s gofundme is still active, but he’s claiming he is going to refund donations. This is a sticky mess because he’s still collecting monies and those who sent in checks and if they are cashed, there’s no public record of it, and nobody is going to sue Brian for $20 or $30. Brian is a triple amputee and will let you know that he’s done a lot for this country in the way of giving up his body for country and land. I don’t say that to be sarcastic, it’s true.
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