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GoFundMe to refund donations to “Build the Wall” campaign

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jan 11, 2019
border wall prototypes
FILE Border wall prototypes stand in San Diego near the Mexico U.S. border, seen from Tijuana, Mexico where the current wall casts a shadow in the foreground, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

CNN WIRE – The crowd-funding platform GoFundMe will refund more than $20 million to people who donated to a campaign to build a wall on the southern border.

Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, Jr., started the campaign, which has received donations from more than 337,000 people. But the federal government can’t receive money without congressional approval, so he created his own non-profit called “We Build the Wall.”

The problem is, Kolfage had already launched his campaign, and GoFundMe does not allow campaigns to change where donated funds will go. So the site is refunding all the money raised, and Kolfage has to start again.

There is an online form donors can use to redirect their original donations to the new organization. Anyone who doesn’t do this within 90 days will automatically receive a refund.

Kolfage’s goal for the new wall-building organization is $1 billion, the same goal as his original GoFundMe page.

Former Colorado Senator Tom Tancredo serves on the advisory board of the new organization.