Wall donations refunded or shifted to non-profit effort

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"Rather than subsidizing the federal government, which has betrayed the American people by obstructing President Donald Trump's agenda, 'We Build the Wall" is taking the President's signature campaign promise into our own hands.

Brian Kolfage created the private fundraiser because he was "tired of watching the USA government's inability to secure our southern border", he wrote on the GoFundMe page.

Trump is demanding $5 billion in funding to build the border wall due to what he calls a crisis of drugs and crime.

About $20,213,740 was raised on the site by 338,082 people in 25 days but today Brian Kolfage wrote that instead of donating to the federal government, it will go to a non-profit 501 (c)(4) Florida corporation named "We Build The Wall, Inc".

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Kolfage writes that members of the organization "have provided us with critical guidance on the legal, engineering, contracting, environmental, accounting, maintenance and real estate issues required to build a wall on the southern border". Kolfage blamed Washington gridlock in part, saying that "the federal government won't be able to accept our donations anytime soon".

Donors will get their money on April 11 unless they choose to donate their contribution to campaign creator Brian Kolfage's new venture, CBS News reported.

From the outset, there were doubts over whether donations could be specifically earmarked specifically for a wall as financial gifts for the United States Funds are set aside by Congress for general use and 'budget needs'. Democrats in Congress have refused to support the $5.6 billion Trump seeks for the project, leading to the ongoing partial government shutdown - now the longest in USA history. "If for ANY reason we don't reach our goal we will refund your donation.' However, that did not happen".

The refund announcement came a day after BuzzFeed News reported that Kolfage pocketed money in a previous GoFundMe campaign meant to help other wounded soldiers. You will receive your refund a few weeks after the 90 days expires and GoFundMe will notify you once your refund has processed.

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At the end of his statement, Kolfage acknowledge the refund.

"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. Kolfage posted that he has created a non-profit organization in hopes of continuing fundraising and building a border wall independently.

Donors will have to proactively opt to give the money to Kolfage; if they do nothing the money will automatically be returned, according to Whithorne.

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