TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – GoFundMe will be refunding thousands of people who raised money to help fund President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall, BuzzFeed’s Brianna Sacks reports.
The online fundraising campaign, started by Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient, raised more than $20 million of a $1 billion goal from 334,860 donations.
But the website claims Kolfage broke his promise of returning donor money if the campaign didn’t reach its goal.
A BuzzFeed investigation revealed the Kolfage has a history of “peddling right-wing misinformation on Facebook” and pocketing money intended for other causes.
“The veteran has also spearheaded other crowdfunding ventures over the years, raising thousands of dollars on GoFundMe with the promise of helping mentor fellow vets at military hospitals, but spokespersons for the medical centers said they have no record of Kolfage working at their facilities or donating any money,” Brianna Sacks wrote in the report.
Kolfage told supporters of his latest GoFundMe that the $20 million raised would go toward a non-profit called “We Build the Wall, Inc.” to help the government build segments of the wall for lower costs.
“If a donor does not want a refund, they must proactively elect to direct their donation to that organization. If they do not take that step, they will automatically receive a full refund,” GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whitmore said in an e-mail to Sacks.