GoFundMe will refund more than $20 million in donations made by hundreds of thousands of people who contributed to aid President Trump’s Mexico border wall after an Iraq War vet behind the effort suddenly changed his plans on what to do with the funds.
In an update to the “We the People Will Build the Wall” campaign, Brian Kolfage wrote that rather than donating the money raised to the federal government, it would instead be handed over to a private nonprofit he said he had established in order to construct a wall himself.
“The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon,” Kolfage wrote. “We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border.”
When he first created the campaign in December, Kolfage set a goal of $1 billion — but has only reached 2% of that goal. Since that target went unmet, the money was to be refunded.
“However, that did not happen,” GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne told BuzzFeed. “This means all donors will receive a refund.”
Among the members serving on Kalfage’s advisory board are Blackwater founder Erik Prince — brother of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Fox News contributor Sara Carter and controversial lawman David Clarke.