The GoFundMe campaign that was raising money to build a wall along the US-Mexico border did not meet its $1 billion goal. The $20 million raised will be refunded to donors.
The campaign's founder, Brian Kolfage, initially promised donors that all donations would be used to pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border, like the one President Donald Trump has proposed, if it met its $1 billion goal. Kolfage, a US veteran who supports Trump, updated the campaign's page on Friday announcing the refunds.
He said donors could redirect their donations to a new "501(c)(4) non-profit Florida Corporation named 'We Build the Wall, Inc.” Among the group of people listed on the GoFundMe page as being involved with the nonprofit are Erik Prince, an American businessman known for founding the security firm Blackwater (he is also Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' brother), David Clarke, the former Wisconsin sheriff known for expressing controversial views on immigration, and Mary Ann Mendoza, a proponent of stricter immigration laws whose son died when his car was hit by an intoxicated driver WHO had been in the country illegally. Kolfage said that he has determined that the federal government is not in a place to accept the money, so he intends on having a team to build a wall privately.