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#16 RE: Florida vet kickstarts crowdfunding campaign for border wall — and has raised big bucks so far in just 3 day by ThirstyMan 10.01.2019 03:46

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$19,890,562 of $1.0B goal

#17 UPDATE: RE: Florida vet kickstarts crowdfunding campaign for border wall — and has raised big bucks so far in just 3 day by ThirstyMan 12.01.2019 01:44

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GoFundMe "Trump Wall" campaign to refund all donors after falling short of $1 billion goal

BY KATE SMITH, JANUARY 12, 2019

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.

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

The refund announcement came a day after BuzzFeed News reported that Kolfage pocketed money in a previous GoFundMe campaign intended to help other wounded soldiers. Kolfage raised $16,246 for a veteran mentorship program, but BuzzFeed News reports that after collecting the funds, he didn't use the money as promised: none of the partners he claimed to have worked with — including Walter Reed, Brooke Army Medical Center and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany — have any records that Kolfage worked with their patients or donated money, according to representatives at the centers that BuzzFeed News spoke to.

In an update to donors Friday, Kolfage did not say missing the goal was the main reason for the refund. Instead, he pointed to government inefficiencies and the fact that the federal government "won't be able to accept our donations anytime soon."

Kolfage gave donors the option of giving their GoFundMe contribution to himself and a team he assembled to privately construct the border wall. The group, a 501(c)(4), is called "We Build the Wall, Inc.," according to an email from GoFundMe to contributors.

"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 in his update.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, a 501(c)(4) is an non-profit "operated exclusively to promote social welfare." 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. A spokesperson for Brian Kolfage, Jennifer Lawrence, did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/border-wall...ort-2019-01-11/

Sad to see. He had raised over $20 million. The integrity of the GoFundMe operation itself may have been in doubt once his previous shady dealing was revealed. But I don't know why the campaign was called to a halt. TM

#18 RE: Florida vet kickstarts crowdfunding campaign for border wall — and has raised big bucks so far in just 3 day by ThirstyMan 12.01.2019 02:40

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The effort to build the wall with private funds wants to move our funds out of the reputable GoFundMe operation and into their own private entity. I think that's a dangerous move, personally. I'm not going to "opt in" to their new entity. The following explanation is from Brian Kolfage's GoFundMe page, an update and an appeal. TM

This team has spent countless hours over the holidays reviewing all issues pertaining to the construction of a southern border wall. Unanimously, we have all come to the conclusion that:

-The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon.

-We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds 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.

-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.

IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT & BUILDTHE BORDER WALL OPT-IN CLICK HERE!!!

To show the government how “We the People” can get this done, we have formed a Section 501(c)(4) non-profit Florida Corporation named “We Build the Wall, Inc.” to receive the GoFundMe contributions. Our website can be found at www.webuildthewall.us.

The following individuals serve on the on the advisory board, and construction, finance, and or audit committees, operations, administration, PR, Media and ongoing fundraising:

www.webuildthewall.us/team



https://www.gofundme.com/TheTrumpWall?vi..._campaign=upd_n

#19 RE: Florida vet kickstarts crowdfunding campaign for border wall — and has raised big bucks so far in just 3 day by algernonpj 12.01.2019 10:39

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I got an eMail notification yesterday and checked out the new web site.

There are some good people involved however not a lot of details of how the new corp will be run. I am still checking it out as well as the prior corp - before I make any decision regarding my contribution.

If nothing else this campaign has served as back up to Trump' s government shut down regarding border security and a notification of how important border security to the people of this country.

Whatever the truth is there are a lot of vocal people whose vested interest is to vilify any one wanting secure borders and to use that vilification to sear Trump.

#20 RE: Florida vet kickstarts crowdfunding campaign for border wall — and has raised big bucks so far in just 3 day by algernonpj 12.01.2019 10:59

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This quote from Townhall sums up my opinion.

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Make up your own opinion. In this era where the liberal media is gunning for people, and tripping over themselves in the process, this was bound to happen. If not alleged past shady donor campaign, something about Kolfage was going to be weaponized in order to discredit him. You never know; he could be just as bad as Buzzfeed says he is, but it doesn’t shake my position, or that of the GOP base, that we should build a wall and enforce border security.
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/...illion-n2538801



Every article I can bring up against Kilfage refers back to buzzfeed news so I am concentrating on researching the validity of the Buzzfeed stories.

Quotes such as these have my antenna up:

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..................a history of creating and profiting from fake, inflammatory news and right-wing conspiracy theories, and has been permanently suspended from Facebook.

Some of the stories on his now-defunct web pages falsely accused Democratic megadonor George Soros of funding domestic terrorists ..................
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/dav...d-brian-kolfage

#21 RE: Florida vet kickstarts crowdfunding campaign for border wall — and has raised big bucks so far in just 3 day by ThirstyMan 12.01.2019 16:39

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Quote: algernonpj wrote in post #20
This quote from Townhall sums up my opinion.

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Make up your own opinion. In this era where the liberal media is gunning for people, and tripping over themselves in the process, this was bound to happen. If not alleged past shady donor campaign, something about Kolfage was going to be weaponized in order to discredit him. You never know; he could be just as bad as Buzzfeed says he is, but it doesn’t shake my position, or that of the GOP base, that we should build a wall and enforce border security.
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/...illion-n2538801


Every article I can bring up against Kilfage refers back to buzzfeed news so I am concentrating on researching the validity of the Buzzfeed stories.

Quotes such as these have my antenna up:

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..................a history of creating and profiting from fake, inflammatory news and right-wing conspiracy theories, and has been permanently suspended from Facebook.

Some of the stories on his now-defunct web pages falsely accused Democratic megadonor George Soros of funding domestic terrorists ..................
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/dav...d-brian-kolfage




No question there's a full frontal attack from the liberal media on the effort to build this wall. And this effort in no way diminishes my conviction that the wall needs to be built. It's not that the need isn't there, it's that Washington has developed a tin ear when it comes to hearing the will of the people.

Donald Trump is the antidote for the tin ear!!!

GO DONALD!!! GOD SPEED TO YOU!!!

#22 RE: Florida vet kickstarts crowdfunding campaign for border wall — and has raised big bucks so far in just 3 day by ThirstyMan 12.01.2019 18:53

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Update 21
Posted by Brian Kolfage
2 hours ago
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DO NOT BELIEVE the FAKE NEWS! The Gofundme campaign is NOT cancelled, It's still going, and everyone is NOT being refunded!

If you want to continue with our NEW Mission to BUILD THE WALL click opt in right here https://bit.ly/2SIQyBg

#23 RE: Florida vet kickstarts crowdfunding campaign for border wall — and has raised big bucks so far in just 3 day by ThirstyMan 15.01.2019 17:37

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$20,552,000 and still growing.

I'm waiting to "opt-in". I trusted the GoFundMe structure.

I'm not sure about the private ideas Brian is promoting now. TM

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