Via press release:
Heartened by the overwhelming support of fellow Americans who have donated over $20 million to the viral GoFundMe campaign “We the People Will Fund the Wall,” war hero and triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage announced the launch of a 501(c)4 called “We Build the Wall, Inc.” which will fund the private construction of a wall along the United States’ Southern Border.
Kolfage launched “Fund the Wall” on December 17th, and so far, the campaign has raised over $20 million from more than 330,000 American patriots across the country. “Better equipped than our own federal government, we have made significant progress in less than a month, having begun extensive due diligence and commenced feasibility studies,” Kolfage commented.
“We are already taking action on identifying the most densely crossed areas of the border, soliciting affected landowners along the Southern border, and ascertaining the willingness of border landowners to provide no or low-cost easements on their property for wall construction.”
“We Build the Wall” has assembled a board of directors led by Kolfage and engaged an impressive team of advisors to provide critical guidance on the project’s legal, engineering, contracting, environmental, accounting, maintenance, and real estate issues and serve on the advisory board and or the construction, finance and or audit committees.
The board of directors is a cornucopia of crackpottery: Former Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, former Sheriff David Clarke, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, and others.
From a message posted today in an update on the GoFundMe page:
The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon. We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border. When I created this fundraiser, I said if we did not reach our goal we will refund donors. I am honoring that commitment today.
We will promptly refund your donation unless you tell us you approve our new plan for action. I WANT TO BUILD THE WALL! You MUST tell GoFundMe you still want to Build the Wall or your contribution will not be included in this historic project.
And in very related news just out:
The veteran who set up the GoFundMe fundraiser for President Trump’s border wall allegedly pocketed money meant for wounded veterans in the past, according to a new BuzzFeed News investigation.
Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient, reportedly previously spearheaded a crowdfunding campaign that raised thousands of dollars for an effort to mentor veterans at military hospitals. Representatives for the centers told BuzzFeed News that they don’t have record of Kolfage working with veterans at their facilities.
“We do not have a record of Mr. Kolfage visiting Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in any official capacity after 2012,” Gia Oney, chief of public affairs at Landstuhl, told the online outlet. “We have no record of a donation made in his name to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.”
As I previously reported and as Buzzfeed today delves into a some length, Kolfage is a onetime fake news kingpin who was booted off Facebook. Hit that last link for maddening examples of his insanely fake anti-Obama and anti-Hillary postings.
New today: @gofundme is refunding all donations to the Build the Wall campaign. It did not reach its stated goal of $1 billion. Donors are being urged to redirect their funds to a c4 called “We Build the Wall, Inc.” https://t.co/LGDOp6mUk7
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) January 11, 2019