"We build the wall" campaign to launch non-profit organizations despite GoFundMe threats

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Brain Kolfage, an Air Force amputee triple army veteran who raised $ 20 million to pay a border wall, announced the launch of a non-profit organization on Friday, but a spokesman for GoFundMe said that it would reimburse all the money collected on the website unless the donors "proactively" request "that their money be transferred to the new organization.

Kolfage said in a wire press Press release:

We are grateful for the President's strong commitment to border security, the most important problem facing our country. Rather than subsidizing the federal government, which has betrayed the American people by obstructing President Donald Trump's agenda, "We are building the wall" is keeping the President's campaign promise in his hands. Personally, I will not take a penny off these donations for the accomplishment of this mission.

In less than a month, Kolfage raised more than $ 20 million from more than 300,000 donors, with an ultimate goal of $ 1 billion. Efforts included working with lawmakers and legal experts to find ways for Americans to help finance a border wall.

But the obstacles frustrated Kolfage – including the difficulty of giving money to the US Treasury for a specific purpose – and ultimately led to a new tact to carry out his mission. Kolfage said:

Better equipped than our own federal government, we made significant progress in less than a month: we undertook due diligence and began feasibility studies. We are already taking steps to identify the most densely traversed areas of the border, solicit the affected landowners along the southern border and determine if border owners are willing to provide non-existent or low-cost easements on their property for construction of walls.

The new 501 (c) 4 called We Build the Wall, Inc., has formed a board of directors that Folgate will lead and a team of advisers "to provide essential advice on legal, technical, contractual, environment, accounting, project maintenance. , and real estate matters and serve on the advisory board and / or the construction, finance and / or audit committees, "Business Wire's press release said.

But the financial transition from GoFundMe to the new company is not guaranteed. A spokesman for the site m said the money raised would not be automatically paid to the new organization, according to Hill:

"When the campaign was created, the campaign organizer expressly stated on the campaign page:" If we do not reach our goal or if we do not get too close, we will refund every penny. Bobby Whithorne, spokesperson for GoFundMe, told The Hill on Friday.

He also said on the campaign page, "100% of your donations will go to Trump Wall. If for any reason we do not achieve our goal, we will refund your donation. "

"However, that did not happen. This means that all donors will receive a refund, "said Whithorne. "If a donor does not want a refund and wants his donation to go to the new organization, he must proactively redirect his donation to that organization." If they do not, they will automatically receive a full refund. "

Internal business reported Whithorne stated that GoFundMe would email all donors about the status of their donation.

Some of the people appointed to head the non-profit association have been included in the Business Wire press release:

Kris Kobach – Secretary Kobach was Secretary of State of the State of Kansas from 2011 to 2019. Leading national efforts to combat electoral fraud, he drafted and pleaded for the SAFE law ( Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act) of 2011, which makes Kansas the first state in the Union to combine both the requirements for photo ID in polls and equivalent requirements. for postal ballots and proof of citizenship at the time of registration.

John Daniel Moran, Jr. – Mr. Moran is an American businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist known for his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Moran Industries, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based warehousing, logistics and transportation company founded in 1975.

Erik Prince – Mr. Prince is an American businessman and Navy SEAL, best known as the founder of the security firm Blackwater. He is Chairman of Frontier Resource Group, a private equity fund that invests in natural resource opportunities in frontier markets.

Dr. Robert S. Spalding III, Brig General, USAF (Ret.) – General Spalding is an accomplished innovator in government and a strategist on national security policy. He was the chief architect of the national competition framework in the National Security Strategy (NSS), widely praised by the Trump administration, and the senior director of strategy at the president.

"Angel dad" Steve Ronnebeck – Mr. Ronnebeck lost his 21-year-old son Grant, who was brutally executed by a criminal illegal immigrant for a pack of cigarettes while he was working in a convenience store in 2015. Steve has been dedicated protecting other families from unnecessary tragedies. in the hands of people who have no business, being here first thanks to his work with the Ronnebeck Foundation.

"Mum of Angel" Mary Ann Mendoza – Ms. Mendoza lost her son Brandon in 2014, after her police car was hit by an intoxicated driver who was illegally in the United States. She is one of the parents who met with President Trump to learn how to tighten the restrictions on immigrants illegally in the country.

Sara Carter – Carter is an award-winning Fox News commentator specializing in reporting on the border crisis and the opioid crisis.

Sheriff David Clarke – Sheriff Clarke is a former US law enforcement official who was Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

Congressman Tom Tancredo – Mr. Tancredo is a former US Congressman who has been described as the most vehement critic of Congress for the current immigration policy. He served in the Reagan administration and ran for the presidency of the United States in the 2008 elections.

It is unclear whether Kolfage, board members or advisors will be paid for their work.

"When the government fails to fulfill its most important obligations – to protect its citizens and preserve the country's sovereignty, we, the citizens, have the right to do it ourselves," Kobach said.

"Our team firmly believes that we can complete our wall segments for less than half of the government's estimated costs on a per-kilometer basis, and in a much shorter time frame," said Prince. Mendoza said:

With millions of citizens united behind our mission, we look forward to playing a concrete role in protecting our porous southern border and protecting Americans from the tragedy my family has suffered as a result of our immigration system. failed. We are committed to preventing the illegal entry of foreign invaders who are cutting the wages of our workers, bringing opioids into the hands of our children and committing violent crimes.

Kolfage's biography includes his service with the US Air Force, his recovery from life-threatening injuries, making him "the most seriously injured Airman who can survive any war" and his success as an entrepreneur.

Kolfage, married with two children, "is motivated by his love for life, his country and his family".

You can find out more about the new campaign right here.

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