My friends, I have been contacted by Brian Kolfage, the organizer of the We Build the Wall GoFundMe page to inform me that what I posted yesterday morning was largely fake news. I have apologized to Brian and want all of you to know the truth.
Yes, GoFundMe did say they intended to refund the full $20 million that had been donated so far, but Brian and his team have been working feverishly and has great news to report.
Here is part of a posting Brian emailed me that appeared on Business Wire:
“(BUSINESS WIRE)–In response to misleading media headlines suggesting that the viral Border Wall GoFundMe campaign launched by triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage had been ended and that all the money had been refunded, We Build the Wall Inc. has released data provided by GoFundMe as of 10:30 AM Eastern January 14, 2019. We Build the Wall Inc. will provide ongoing daily updates of opt-in/opt-out numbers received from GoFundMe and make them available at webuildthewall.us and social media…”
“Of the 131,230 responses, 121,900 or 93.6% have chosen to back the new plan. Just 8,330 or 6.3% have chosen to receive an immediate refund. These total responses represent 40% of the 324,144 original contributors who are required to provide opt-in consent within 90 days from January 11, 2019…”
“We Build the Wall Inc. has also received approximately 3,500 plus checks which are presently being processed by a bonded and insured caging and escrow services provider. Donors are being notified by mail of new status update and their option to receive a full refund or opt in to We Build the Wall.”
Brian Kolfage stated:
“Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated. Our team is thrilled with the positive response of our donors despite media attempts to confuse the situation. Before announcing the new plan, I worked closely with GoFundMe to make sure that we offered original donors a fair process to approve of the new plan that honors We Build the Wall Inc.’s spirit of disclosure, full transparency, and overall business ethics.”
We Build the Wall Advisory Board member and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach added:
“More than one in three of our donors have already backed the new plan in the first 48 hours. We’ve still got a lot of work to do but we are confident that as we roll out our plan, the momentum is only going to continue to accelerate.”
You also need to know that We Build the Wall Inc. and Brian Kolfage are still in good standing with GoFundMe and are being allowed to continue to use the fundraising platform to fund their desire to help build the border wall. Any donations made since 2pm Eastern time, January 11 are NOT subject to the opt-in requirements, meaning they will not be part the refund process.
We Build the Wall Inc. has also received approximately 3,500 plus checks which are presently being processed by a bonded and insured caging and escrow services provider. Donors are being notified by mail of new status update and their option to receive a full refund or opt in to We Build the Wall.
If you feel so compelled to donate, see what Brian Kolfage sent out in an email, yesterday afternoon:
WE ARE BUILDING THE WALL!!! Do NOT listen to the LYING liberal media!
We have changed mission from we Fund the wall to we BUILD the wall. We will build the wall mile by mile for HALF the cost. We have private landowners lining up to get the wall built!
I WILL NOT TAKE A PENNY IN SALARY OR COMPENSATION FOR MY WORK
Please spread the word! we are BUILDING IT! and OPT IN! Click Here
Here is a video that Brian sends your way. If you have any trouble opening the video, you can see it at: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190114005745/en/93-Percent-Donors-Opt-Viral-Border-Wall
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