Donors getting refund after border wall GoFundMe fails


A GoFundMe that started to fund President Trump's proposed border wall is refunding money to donors after the enterprise failed, CBS News reported.

Bobby Whithorne, director of North America Communications for GoFundeMe, said the campaign to subsidize what it called "the Trump Wall" will refund all the donors because it did not meet its $1 billion dollar goal.

Whithorne said people will receive their money on April 11, unless they choose to donate their contribution to the campaign creator's new fund.

The creator, Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force Veteran, raised more than $20 million to contribute to building the wall. In the beginning, Kolfage said he would only collect the money if the campaign hit its goal.

"However, that did not happen. This means all donors will receive a refund," Whithorne said in an email to CBS News.

The refund announcement comes a day after BuzzFeed News reported that Kolfage pocketed money in a previous GoFundMe campaign intended to help other wounded soldiers, CBS said.

When he gave an update, Kolfage did not say missing the goal was the reason for the refund.

Kolfage is giving donors the option of giving their donation to himself and a team he assembled to privately construct.the border wall. CBS reports that the is called 'We Build the Wall, Inc."

"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 wrote in his update.