$20 Million Donated to Border Wall GoFundMe Page to Be Refunded

U.S. workers are seen next to heavy machinery while working on a new bollard wall in El Paso, Texas, as seen from the Mexican side of the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez – RC1D700B3110

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.”

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Source: USA Today