A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a wall at the U.S. Mexico border has been stopped by its organizer.
The organizer of the GoFundMe campaign to help pay for President Trump’s wall at the U.S./Mexico border is refunding donations after the campaign failed to reach its $1 billion goal.
CBS News reported Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force Veteran, announced he was offering donors the option of receiving their money back or rolling it over to a group he’s established, “We Build the Wall Inc.” which is vowing to work with the White House to fund the wall.
The GoFundMe campaign has raised $20.22 million dollars from more than 338,000 people since it was established Dec. 16. While most of the donations were small, an anonymous giver pledged $50,000 and there were several offers of $10,000.
The president estimates the wall will cost about $5 billion to construct. The government has been partially shut down since Dec. 22 due to disputes between the president and Congress over the wall.
In a message posted to the fundraising site, Kolfage said his decision to end the GoFundMe campaign came after it was determined the federal government wouldn’t “be able to accept the donation anytime soon” and that non-profit group is “better equipped than our own government to use the donated fund to build an actual wall on the southern border.”
“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,” Kolfage said, listing a group of advisers that will be working on the project. “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 gives donors options so they can transfer their contributions to the non-profit group instead of receiving a refund. The website can be found at www.webuildthewall.us.