Business Insider reports that when the campaign was started, founder Brian Kolfage promised all donations would be used to pay for a border wall between the US and Mexico once the $1 billion goal was reached.
A GoFundMe campaign launched last month to pay for President Trump's border wall raised over $20 million from more than 300,000 donors.
Kolfage said on his GoFundMe page that he will refund donations or, if donors agree, will put them toward a new company that will build sections of the wall itself on private property along the frontier. I am honoring that commitment today.More news: Elon Musk shares the first proper image of his massive rocket
The original goal of the campaign was $1 billion, which is $4.7 billion below what Trump is requesting from Congress. "This means all donors will receive a refund", Whithorne told CBS of the GoFundMe. He also introduced a new 501 (c)(4) non-profit Florida Corporation named "We Build the Wall, Inc.", where donors can redirect their refunds to if they still wish for their money to be used, in one way or another, to build a wall. 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.
Kolfage has recruited a veritable who's who of right-wing characters to sit on the board of directors for We Fund The Wall.
Kolfage also issued an update via the GoFundMe page, using bullet points, and it stated that the federal government won't be able to accept their donations in the near future.More news: Saudi Arabia to announce slight rise in oil, gas reserves after audit
He added that they've been working to identify possible locations to start building the border wall, reaching out to affected landowners and studying ways to build the wall as cheaply and efficiently as possible.
While there are a range of estimates to fully build a border wall along the southern border, many estimates exceed $20 billion. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)"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", said the GoFundMe.More news: Unai Emery says Arsenal can't make permanent signings this month