GoFundMe will return more than $ 20 million in donations after veteran Brian Kolfage's crowdfunding page for the Border Wall failed his $ 1 billion goal.
All donors can expect to receive funding by April 11th.
What are the details?
Bobby Whithorne, Director of Communications for North America at GoFundMe, issued a statement about repayments on Friday.
In a statement sent by e-mail to CBS NewsWhithorne said the popular crowdfunding platform will reimburse all money raised for fundraising for the construction of a border wall because it has not achieved its $ 1 billion goal.
At first, Kolfage had stated that all money would be returned if the goal had not been reached.
"[T]Which did not happen, "said Whithorne. This means that all donors will receive a refund. "
Kolfage is now considering starting a non-profit organization to receive donations instead.
In an update to his original GoFundMe page, Kolfage wrote: "Our highly experienced team is confident that we will be able to complete important segments of the wall in less time and for a budget well below that of the federal government, while respecting or by exceeding all regulatory objectives., engineering and environmental specifications. "
A report in HuffPost noted that it was impossible for him to check the status of the charity.
At the time of writing these lines, the GoFundMe page is still active and another spokesman for the site said that "it belongs to the campaign organizer to disable the donations".
What about Kolfage?
Oh yes. Kolfage – triple amputee and recipient of the Purple Heart – accused pocket money that was intended for injured veterans.
According to a BuzzFeed News survey, Kolfage has reportedly been directing other crowdfunding pages for wounded veterans. The pages reportedly brought in thousands of dollars for a mentoring program in various military hospitals.
Several representatives of these military hospitals, however, stated at the point of sale that they had never received such a sum.
Whithorne, of GoFundMe, told the press that Kolfage had indeed launched a GoFundMe page in 2015 that raised more than $ 16,000 for the "Veterans Mentorship Program". He added that money – like money from the aforementioned wall financing project – went directly to Kolfage.
In Facebook publications that have since been deleted, Kolfage reportedly reported working with hospitals such as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Brooke Military Medical Center and the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
"We have no record of Mr. Kolfage's official visit to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center after 2012," said a spokesman for the hospital. "We have no record of a donation made on his behalf to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center."
Kolfage is also accused of running websites that promote far-right conspiracies and racist sentiments.
One of Kolfage's former employees said at the exit that her former boss could be vicious.
"After starting to challenge some of his business decisions that, in my opinion, were irresponsible for the company and for my career, the real Brian emerged," said the employee. "It's all about his character and his money as a" war hero. "If there's a sense of levity on his part, he's violently attacking people … and, in my case, trying to destroy their life and their means of subsistence. "
The outlet would have obtained emails and text messages between Kolfage and its former employees indicating that the veterinarian had encouraged his producers to create dubious content by asking his writers to "be creative".
"So, be creative using fake photoshopped images?" the employee wrote in a message to Kolfage.
Kolfage would have answered in the affirmative. When the employee asked him how such behavior would affect a legitimate press organization, Kolfage would have replied: "This is not to worry."
Another employee added, "He never wanted the truth – it was just for clicks, and the most incendiary, the better." I felt dirty writing this kind of things."