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GoFundMe may reimburse donors who submitted more than $20 million in donations to a build the border wall campaign created by a Veteran.
According to several media outlets, the organizer of the campaign, Brian Kolfage, has decided to place the monetary donations in a non-profit he has created, rather than send them directly to the federal government as initially promised.
WE THE PEOPLE ARE BUILDING THE WALL!
WE break ground in Texas in months! We need you to donate now or opt in if you donated before Jan 11https://t.co/uHdeeSUN97 @RyanAFournier @DeplorableChoir @gehrig38 @MarkDice @SaraCarterDC @RealJamesWoods @JacobEngels @lucasnolan_ pic.twitter.com/jIUDbCxqR1
— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) January 14, 2019
Kolfage updated his GoFundMe campaign to share “The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon,” and revealed he would be creating a nonprofit called “We Build the Wall, Inc” to receive the donations instead.
“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 wrote on his page.
Due to this change, those who have donated to his campaign will now have to opt-in to send their money to Kolfage’s nonprofit and if they don’t GoFundMe will refund their donation.
According to The Hill, a spokesman for GoFundMe told the news outlet the refunds came about because Kolfage broke the rules by “switching the destination of the money.”
Since Kolfage originally stated on his campaign all donations would be refunded if his goal was not met, all donors are entitled to a refund unless they opt-in to having their donations sent to the non-profit.