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GoFundMe donors to ‘Fund The Wall’ campaign sent $7 million to build wall privately



After GoFundMe announced that it would be refunding the $20 million raised by a campaign that aimed to send money to the fed earl government to build a border wall between the US and Mexico, Brian Kolfage, the campaign’s organizer, sprung into action.

He started asking donors to forward their refunds to his new 501(c)(4) non-profit, “We Build the Wall, Inc.,” so that he and a group of advisors could privately build sections of the wall. Kolfage made this request through tweets, Facebook posts, even on the GoFundMe campaign’s page.

The outreach, it seems, has worked. At least $7 million in refunds are being sent to Kolfage’s new non-profit from donors who hope that, one way or another, he can build the wall.

According to CBS News, Kolfage and a source close to the campaign said $7 million have already been redirected to “We Build the Wall, Inc.” Kolfage told CBS News that more than 120,000 donors chose to do this, a number GoFundMe did not confirm. After initially offering the $7 million figure Tuesday morning, Kolfage later said it was a “guess.”

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“Our donors gave to us to get the job done, and they trust us to do so,” Kolfage told CBS News.

Kolfage has not specified how the money sent to his new organization will be used and reportedly declined to give CBS News and specifics. On the GoFundMe page’s revised description, the money is said to be going “toward wall construction only.”

Though Kolfage and GoFundMe announced last week that all funds would be refunded, the fundraiser’s page is still up on the website and can seemingly still accept donations.

The page’s description explains to donors how they can make sure their donation goes to the new non-profit instead of getting refunded. Those donors who take no action will be refunded by April 11. Kolfage told CBS News that more than 8,300 donors have asked for their money back directly.

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