The GoFundMe campaign to raise $1 billion for the border wall Mexico was supposed to pay for and/or will somehow pay indirectly has ended, falling $980 million short of its goal. As is the policy of the crowdfunding website, all donations will be refunded to the donors. This is good news for those who donated considering the fact that the creator of the campaign, Brian Kolfage, has been exposed as a con man. Meanwhile, the campaign to raise money to buy ladders to get over said wall (donations will actually go to RAICES) is still going strong.
According to Buzzfeed, Kolfage pocketed the money he raised in another crowdfunding venture that was supposed to go to help fellow wounded veterans. None of the non-profits he promised to donate the money to reported receiving any of the $16,246.
The man behind the border wall GoFundMe once raised more than $16K for a hospital program for veterans. Now the hospitals say they never got the money. https://t.co/e8YaNHTbeg— Will Sommer (@willsommer) January 11, 2019
Kolfage isn’t done, however. In an email to the donors of the wall campaign, he urged them to re-donate their money to a private company he’s calling “We Build the Wall, Inc.,” which he alleges will build the wall.
“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 claims.
Regardless, donors to the original campaign are confident that their money will be used for the wall and not to make an established con man rich.
Most people are saying that the funds should go to support the furloughed federal workers who are currently going without pay and becoming increasingly desperate as the government shutdown hits day 21. By tomorrow, this shutdown will have broken the record for the longest one in U.S. history. Over 1,000 GoFundMe campaigns have already been launched for or by furloughed workers to save them from hunger and homelessness.
At least the donors to the “build the wall” campaign will have a second chance to avoid getting scammed. Unfortunately, you can only lead a chump to water. Twitter users are doing their best to warn people anyway and suggest better things they could be doing with their money.
The GoFundMe campaign to build Trump's wall just hit $20M— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) January 11, 2019
The decorated veteran behind the viral effort has crafted his persona as a conservative, altruistic public figure, but people who've worked with him say he can be vengeful and shady with donationshttps://t.co/OSMJD0L3r7
20 million. Even 50 million is snack money compared to the 25 billion the wall will cost just to build— rthmboy (@oreuz) January 11, 2019
I am shocked that this happened. So shocked. You won't imagine the amount of shock. Such shock.— Baron V. Foggy (@BaronVFoggy) January 11, 2019
You Can't Make This stuff up!!— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) January 11, 2019
The "Build The Wall" GoFundMe has failed after GoFundme canceled the campaign for violating rules.
Now the Veteran behind it recruited Kris Kobach, @SheriffClarke and Erik Prince to Launch a Non Profit to Build the wall themselves.
And they were so close to getting it done. Just $5.68 Billion more and they would have had 1/5 of the money to get it done. Heck.— Elitist Hollywood Liberal (@ElitistJoe) January 11, 2019
Did GoFundMe just tell them to go fund themselves?— Eddy Bruel (@ejpbruel) January 11, 2019
He already spent $50 on his custom "LV2GRFT" plates— Dystopioca Pudding (@MasterofDiaspar) January 11, 2019
Absolutely not! 💁♀️— ☞ 𝚈𝚞𝚗𝚐 𝙿𝚞𝚝𝚊 ☜ (@doom_hag) January 11, 2019
that would require those same donors to have humanity and a moral sense of obligation to look out and care for others! lol
Knew it pic.twitter.com/DnjRE9YFnt— Ka🖖🏻🧚🏻♀️ (@FabulousD345) January 11, 2019
Dumpster and his policies sure attract a lot of other con men to prey on his gullible cult.— Ellen Datlow (@EllenDatlow) January 11, 2019
If I legally change my name to "The Wall" can I get the money?— Rob Swystun (@RobSwystun) January 11, 2019
Tbf instead of giving it back to them, it should've been used for Flint or Puerto Rico— Heera 🎭 (@hiira_Rana) January 11, 2019
Just ask Trump for the $4,980,000,000 to make it whole. Let 45 sacrifice like he is making government workers sacrifice.— Harold James Watson (@HaroldJamesWat3) January 12, 2019
Spoiler alert: new plan is just as illegal and infeasible as the original plan.— Let's Go Gophers (@Lionel_Hutz_Esq) January 11, 2019
“Nonprofit” incorporated by Giuliani’s lawfirm based on the same articles of incorporation that the trump “foundation” was based on? Who wants to bet these clowns thought they’d give themselves multi-million dollar “salaries?” #ConservativeNonProfitCrooks— Patience and Fortitude (@jitterymoose) January 11, 2019
Skills he learned during his upperclass years at Trump University.— TEllis (@tmellis) January 11, 2019
Actual footage of trump followers attempting to do anything. pic.twitter.com/YPVS35fMJ4— Steven Crosby (@heysi) January 11, 2019
Can someone smarter than I figure out the interest go fund me has been getting simply for ‘holding’ 20 mil for two weeks?— Large Marge Sent Me (@WaylonsWeiner) January 11, 2019
At least we all got some laughs out of this. Hopefully, the grifters do something less racist with the money than building a big useless wall.