Kolfage said he launched his effort after reading a New York Postarticlethat questioned why nobody had taken up the mantle to help pay for President Trump’s proposed border barrier.
GoFundMe campaigns can typically still collect money even if they do not meet their goal, but this case was different.
Kolfage’s original campaign page had said “If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny” and that “100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall. If for ANY reason we don’t reach our goal we will refund your donation,” Bobby Whithorne, a spokesman for GoFundMe, said in a statement Friday.
Kolfage has since created the nonprofit “We Build the Wall, Inc.” to ask donors to send money to the organization instead, according toTribune Media Wire.
GoFundMe donors would have to choose to redirect their money to the non-profit or be refunded the money in 90 days, the reports said.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Trump administration did not respond to requests for comment Friday evening on the possibility of a privately funded effort to build the wall,according to the New York Times.