Update: GoFundMe “Trump Wall” campaign to refund all donors after falling short of $1 billion goal

JANUARY 11, 2019

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UPDATE: January 12. Breitbart news reports the CBS News story is not accurate.  According to Matt Boyle of Breitbart News, donors have an option to have the money returned to them or to opt-in to a new program led by Kolfage to build a wall privately.  Kolfage explains details in the podcast below:

As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News offers the following information published by CBSNEWS.COM:

ORIGINAL STORY: A GoFundMe campaign to subsidize what it called “the Trump Wall” will refund all money to donors because it did not meet its $1 billion goal, said Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundMe. Donors will receive their money on April 11, unless they choose to donate their contribution to the campaign creator’s new venture, GoFundMe said in an email to the campaign’s participants.

Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, raised more than $20 million on the crowd-funding platform to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. At the onset of the campaign, Kolfage said he would only collect the funds if the campaign hit its goal of $1 billion — about one-fifth of what President Trump has been demanding from Congress to build it.

The article goes on to say:

“However, that did not happen. This means all donors will receive a refund,” Whithorne said in an email to CBS News.

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4 Comments

  1. CAB January 11th, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    THIS IS A TOTALLY FALSE REPORT. JUST RECEIVED HIS UPDATE , CAUSE I DONATED, AND HE HAS A 501 ESTABLISHED. HE WILL ONLY GIVE BACK THOSE THAT REQUEST IT.

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  2. Robin Allberg January 11th, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Story untrue. Need to read !https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10213277177503795&id=1227895702

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  3. Debbbie January 11th, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Fale story

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  4. Andrea Occhionero January 11th, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Why not just hand it over to the White House to go towards building the wall. Who cares that it didn’t get to the goal!

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