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Border Wall GoFundMe Implodes, Wall Will Not Be Built

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.

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.

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.