The GoFundMe Wall Guy Is A Fake News Kingpin

NBC News reports:

An internet fundraiser for Donald Trump’s border wall took in more than $7 million from over 131,000 donors by early Thursday evening. The Florida man behind the GoFundMe page, a triple-amputee Iraq War veteran named Brian Kolfage, spent a large portion of the fundraising campaign’s description outlining his past, including a bolded section titled “How do you know this is not a scam?”

The fundraising page doesn’t mention Kolfage’s most recent business venture, a Facebook page titled Right Wing News and a ring of affiliate sites that frequently trafficked in conspiracy theories. In October, Right Wing News was pulled down by Facebook in a sweep of more than 559 pages that the company said were “using fake accounts… to drive traffic to their websites.”

Newsweek reports:

Kolfage was also responsible for running several of Right Wing News’ shuttered affiliate sites including VeteranAF and FreedomDaily, which included several false conspiracy theories such as Hillary Clinton hiding a deadly illness and stories of fake voter fraud in the days leading up to the 2016 election.

The shuttering of Kolfage’s sites took place one month after a Michigan man, Joel Vangheluwe, sued FreedomDaily and other right wing sites for falsely identifying him as the driver of the car that ran over several peaceful protestors during a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

At this writing Kolfage’s GoFundMe page has raised over $11 million. Where that money will actually go is anybody’s guess.