Triple-Amputee Veteran Says He Will Refund GoFundMe Wall Donations

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Since Kolfage wasn't able to meet his goal of $1 billion in hopes of donating the money to the federal government, GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithone told Buzzfeed "all donors will receive a refund". He tapped former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Blackwater founder Erik Prince as advisers.

That impressive pace continued and before long the fundraiser had racked up more than $20 million in donations, meaning, had it been successful, it would have been one of the biggest GoFundMe campaigns ever.

In this November 10, 2014, file photo, former U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, center, sits in a wheelchair next to his wife Ashley, right, during the National September 11 Memorial and Museum's "Salute to Service" tribute.

That didn't stop Kolfage as he now created the private nonprofit 501 (c) 4 called "We Build the Wall, Inc" to make sure the wall would get built, but donators "must proactively elect to redirect their donation to that organization". I am honoring that commitment today.

In addition, some 800,000 federal employees have been on furlough or are being forced to continue working without pay, costing the USA economy an estimated several billion dollars, Sputnik previously reported. (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. HuffPost was unable to verify the charity's status, and the GoFundMe page is still active.

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Following low interest in his now-failed plan, however, the new GoFundMe update adds that donations will be "promptly refunded" to donors. There is a GoFundMe campaign owned by Kolfage under the same name with the update, "We have moved our campaign to a new website", with a link to an outside site. Now refunds will be given unless donors specifically take steps to reroute their monetary gift to the corporation.

Friday marked the 21st day of a partial federal government shutdown over funding for the wall. "Our team strongly believes that we can complete our segments of the wall for less than half of the government's estimated costs on a per mile basis".

As the online fundraiser gained steam last month, Kolfage came under scrutiny over his involvement with a series of Facebook scams.

Kolfage has set up a fundraising goal of $1 billion to help pay for a physical barrier along the southern border.

The campaign, created in December of previous year, had raised $20 million.

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