GoFundMe is refunding $20 million in donations made to ‘Trump Wall’ campaign


GoFundMe will be refunding thousands of people who raised money to help fund President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall, according to CNN. 

The online fundraising campaign, started by Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient, raised more than $20 million of a $1 billion goal from 334,860 donations.

“When the campaign was created, the campaign organizer specifically stated on the campaign page, ‘If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny,'” GoFundMe told CNN. “He also stated on the campaign page, ‘100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall. If for ANY reason we don’t reach our goal we will refund your donation.'”

“That did not happen. This means all donors will receive a refund,” GoFundMe told CNN.

However, CNN says the campaign page was still up early Saturday and accepting donations, and it’s unclear when it will be taken down. GoFundMe said it is up to the campaign organizer to determine when it will be shut down.

With the now longest government shutdown in US history taking place over the funding of the border wall, Kolfage’s campaign page said he “was tired of watching the U.S. government’s inability to secure our southern border.”

In place of the GoFundMe campaign, CNN says Kolfage set up a 501(c)(4) non-profit Florida Corporation named “We Build the Wall, Inc.” and is asking donors to redirect their contributions to the organization.

But he will honor the refund, he said on the campaign page, if donors choose not to move to the new platform.

“When I created this fundraiser, I said if we did not reach our goal we will refund donors. I am honoring that commitment today. We will promptly refund your donation unless you tell us you approve our new plan for action,” Kolfage said.

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