Border Wall GoFundMe Goes Poof When Vet Changes Intent for Funds

Border Wall GoFundMe Goes Poof When Vet Changes Intent for Funds January 11, 2019

I shouldn’t be laughing about this, but I will.

*Deep, rolling belly laughs*

So earlier Friday we discussed Brian Kolfage, the triple amputee Iraq vet, but otherwise disreputable “fake news” pimp and all-around grifter.

Kolfage is the mind behind scam sites, Freedom Daily and Right Wing News. Their Facebook pages promote sensational click-bait tales, complete with photoshopped images of all the favorite bogeymen of the right, such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and former FBI Director James Comey.

In the earlier piece, I also noted that Kolfage has had his name attached to three different crowdfunding campaigns, including one that raised over $16,000 that was allegedly to fund peer mentoring programs for Walter Reed, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Germany, where he was treated.

The campaign closed in February 2015, with all funds going to Kolfage. Meanwhile, there are no peer mentorship programs with either of those medical centers and none of them have received any money from Kolfage.

He also has an active campaign with GoFundMe to raise money for what he says will fund his fight against Facebook, for “free speech.”

That campaign has over $73,000 in it, to date.

The fund to raise money to build the southern border wall, however, has probably been his most profitable grift campaign. Since December, over 330,000 people have donated over $20 million, towards a stated $1 billion  goal.

Kolfage has used his status as the head of his fake news sites and his blue check verification mark on Twitter as the chip to secure those donations.

He knew people in the Trump administration! He was going to get that money to the administration and start the building of the wall!

Are you familiar with that saying about fools and their money?

After I posted my earlier story, true Trumpian believers puffed up and announced that Kolfage had alluded to a “major announcement” to be coming later Friday, about the progress towards that wall.

Ok. Great. Let’s hear it.

My guess was he’d be announcing that he was off to Tahiti for an extended vacay.

I wasn’t terribly wrong.

His big announcement was that he’d decided that maybe the government SHOULDN’T get that $20 million.

Color me surprised.

In fact, he, Kolfage, had a better idea.

While Kolfage said money donated to the original campaign would go to the government to fund a border wall, he wrote Friday that he has since formed a nonprofit corporation in Florida named “We Build the Wall, Inc.” to receive the GoFundMe contributions.

Don’t miss that, my gullible, red capped buffoons.

HE formed a nonprofit, and HE will decide what to do with those funds.

“We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border,” Kolfage wrote. “Our highly experienced team is highly confident that we can complete significant segments of the wall in less times, and for far less money, that the federal government, while meeting or exceeding all required regulatory, engineering, and environmental specifications.”

Who wants to bet the “we” is him and his banker?

So how is he going to grab that land to build the wall, independently? Are those ranchers and farmers just going to allow him to move in? How does that work?

The page now states that the funds raised will be used “in the execution of our mission and purpose” for his new created non-profit.

“To honor the commitment, we made to our donors; all funds raised, less the processing fees and refunds, will be transferred to a special purpose account to carry out the purposes and mission of We Build the Wall, Inc.,” Kolfage wrote. “I will personally not take a penny of compensation from these donations.”

Of course not, except that his name is on the account and it, much like the grift campaign to raise funds for peer mentoring, every dollar is slated to go to him.

My first inclination is to say he deserves every dime. I hope some of the gullible rubes who bought his act gave at a sacrifice, with absolutely no chance of seeing any return on their investment.

However, GoFundMe has stepped in and ended this farce.

Apparently, you’re not allowed to start a GoFundMe account for one purpose, then change it to a new purpose, midstream, at least, not on this level, so the rubes will be getting a refund.

“When the campaign was created, the campaign organizer specifically stated on the campaign page, ‘If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny,’” GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne told The Hill on Friday.

“He also stated on the campaign page, ‘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.’”

“However, that did not happen. This means all donors will receive a refund,” Whithorne continued. “If a donor does not want a refund, and they want their donation to go to the new organization, they must proactively elect to redirect their donation to that organization. If they do not take that step, they will automatically receive a full refund.”

So if you want to continue to play the patsy, they’ll let you waste your money. I would advise you to take the refund and be a bit more judicious with your funds, next time.

And don’t you just know, some will play the noble wall warriors and trust that some random con artist from the internet can actually do what he claims.

This is where I say, “I told you so.”

 

 

 

 

 

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  • IllinoisPatriot

    I’m joining you in your belly-laughing.

    I’ll laugh even harder when the Trump “presidential scam” has been exposed by Mueller as a plot with Russian backing to destroy US alliances and both domestic and foreign trust in all aspects of our government…..

    At this point, I’m beginning to believe that until the US culture and economy are in total collapse, none of the “practicing Atheists” currently wielding government and media power will admit that their religion of Atheism and cult of liberalism are the dismal failures they are now showing themselves to be.

    How far the US descends into anarchy and chaos will depend on how deeply Satan has embedded himself into the lives of the general populace and how long it takes the general populace to realize that only by reaching out to God and returning to HIS values and HIS teachings can we ever restore respect and a true sense of security to this country.

  • Ronald Langdon

    Must have learned from some Senators who raise multi millions to buy yachts, cabins,house etc. especially Sen. Warren LOL. You will probably cry light a snowflake after Mueller gets his Due

  • T_W_S

    First of all, I want to thank you for making sure I felt like the “rube” you referred to. I needed that! You could have just set the record straight without taking the virtue signaling, moral high ground. I, and I suspect most others who contributed to this effort, did so with the best of intents. I can’t speak for anyone else as to how they went about processing their choice of whether to contribute, or not, but I can tell you that as I mulled the choice of whether to take the chance, my choice to contribute (something I don’t normally do) was highly influenced by the

  • T_W_S

    … expectation that the Go Fund Me organization couldn’t afford to have this one go bad. If their biggest effort ever turned out to be a scam, they would have to fold their tents and disappear. Seems like, at this point, my faith in the Go Fund Me organization to do the right thing has proven to be true. Additionally, Kolfage has provided a list of high profile names, on whom you haven’t commented, who apparently have joined his effort to get the wall built. I’ve been waiting to see if any of those mentioned disavow any connection with Kolfage’s new plan.

    Shortly after making the contribution to the Facebook portal I received a comment from someone who apparently had some prior knowledge of Brian Kolfage; an advantage which I lacked. He also couldn’t resist the temptation to pour out his contempt for my stupidity. I asked him to explain why he thought that way, and he did. I thanked him for his input and filed it for future reference.

    I guess, in your chosen profession, the urge to blow your own horn must be irresistible, but maybe next time, especially in a situation where people who contributed to a cause with the best of intentions, that is not with the expectation of making a killing, you might take their intents into consideration before blasting the “rubes.”

  • IllinoisPatriot

    On behalf of those of us that took one look at Trump’s character and antics during the primaries and realized that no one with such a lack of morality, ethics, empathy, personal responsibility or common sense and such a surplus of ego, arrogance and ignorance could possibly produce good results or would make good on any campaign promise he ever made.

    To think that some guy on the internet could succeed in building a wall against the combined efforts of the Democrat-controlled federal government bureaucracies and all the Democrat special-interest, pro-illegal-immigrant groups that would immediately go to court to stop any successful attempt at the wall WITHOUT first changing the immigration laws to tilt the immigration posture of the US in favor of a physical barrier is just poor judgement and outright ignorance.

    I’m not even sorry you feel insulted by people laughing at you – those of us that consider Trump to be morally, ethically, and intellectually unfit for office have had to get use to people – just like you – laughing at us for our disbelief that Trump would ever actually build ‘his’ wall or that Trump would ever actually change immigration law (which he has not done nor even ATTEMPTED to do).

    If you feel put-upon that you can’t find a silver bullet in someone that will ‘make things better’ while allowing you to continue your life without having to think about what you are doing or who you are donating your money to, then you might be a snowflake. If you are upset because you fell for a scam that took most people about 3 seconds of actual thought to avoid, then you might be a snowflake. If you are mad at yourself, there is no reason to take you anger out on Susan for pointing out your ignorance and self-deception. Besides – no harm was done – gofundme will be refunding your money to you and you can send it off to the next scammer that tells you he’s going to do what you want to hear whether or not it’s at all possible.

    You will not be the only one whining about how people you would not listen to 2 years ago are now being proven right and reminding you that you were warned, but I personally have no sympathy for any of you.

  • Alpha 1

    Dude you gave money to a guy on the internet who said he needed a billion dollars to build a symbol of xenophobia. There’s nothing well-intentioned about that. Instead of getting indignant at the people who pointed out this was an obvious scam you should consider how conservatism exploits fear of the other to fuel endless grift.

  • wolfe_guardian

    You should feel bad. You should feel ashamed. And then, instead of blaming others for the fact that you have to face the consequences of your actions, you should seek to change for the better.

  • Barros Serrano

    Your intentions were foul, to support a wannabe-dictator’s showpiece monument to scapegoating. If your money is returned to you, you should donate it all immediately to an immigrant rights organization, in an attempt to atone for your evil.

    But I now how you connedservatives are… you’re not good at atonement.

  • Barros Serrano

    First, Christofascist misfit, the adjective is “Democratic”, not “Democrat”. It is appropriate to insult Republicans, who support corporate hegemony over freedom, but you connedservatives need to shut up about Democrats.

    We Democrats support human rights, not “illegal immigration” per se, so stop lying, boy.

  • Barros Serrano

    You Christofascists are right in the center of what is wrong with this country. You support corporate hegemony while braying about morality, lol…

    Your morality is to oppose gay wedding cakes while your death squads torture and kill 3rd-world peasants.

    You are, and I say this with all due seriousness and circumspection, scum.

  • Principled Conservative

    I can’t fathom how in the world you thought giving that guy money was a good idea. It’s absolutely mystifying, and one cannot feel sorry for you because it was so obvious from the beginning it was a sham. Perhaps there’s hope for you, though. At least you have woken up to the fact that you acted like a rube. Maybe now you can think of other ways in which you have been a rube such as supporting Trump. Recognizing the problem is the first step to recovery.

  • T_W_S

    What consequences? Just as I anticipated, GFM has a reputation to uphold. My contribution will be refunded. Apparently you’re not a fan of the wall. Fine! You’re entitled to your opinion. So am I. What’s annoying to me is that the side that spews hate so freely can’t wait to jump on the “I told you so, you RUBE!” bandwagon, but will refuse to recognize anything when the shoe is on the other foot. You’d rather see America fail than that anything should cast a cloud over your precious, ignorant ideology. Respond if you’d like. I’m unlikely to recognize it.

  • T_W_S

    You’re another one! See my response to Wolf.

  • T_W_S

    Socialist Democrat, to be exact. Ignorant and closed minded!

  • T_W_S

    The Vision of the Anointed! After the fact. BTW, just as I anticipated, I’m getting a refund. See my reply to Wolf.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    The correct adjective is actually “Communist” or “Socialist” or “Fascist” or even “Anti-Constitutionalist”.

    “Democratic” is the polar opposite of what the Democrat party stands for today.

    But you keep spewing your nonsense, snowflake. It apparently does not take much to get your hackles up. Too bad you don’t have the judgement to recognize when you are wrong or to recognize the rights of others and the privileges of American citizens over illegal aliens to the fruits of the labors of American citizens and taxpayers.

  • Barros Serrano

    Little incel fascist, why don’t you come and call me names to my face? I’m near Charlottesville.

    You are a traitor and thereby subhuman scum. I haven’t been wrong yet, boy, and you are making no argument, just spewing your 8th grade pique. Try that i person, little boy. You’ll learn some manners and perhaps even get a clue or 2 about social realities in the world.

  • Barros Serrano

    Ignorant? You make no argument, white-right boy. You could not sustain a debate against me. You’re just another halfwitted connedservative parroting cliches and following the Orange Traitor down the rathole.

    Closed minded? You’re a bore, boy. Ill-raised, bigoted, full of anti-social attitudes, it’s dysfunctional misfits like you who screw up this country.

    Demosocialist is the term used in Europe for Progressives. It would include FDR.

    Your category is fascist corporate dupe.

  • Barros Serrano

    You’re a halfwit, and appear to be treasonous.

    You are ok with a President colluding with a hostile foreign power, but don’t like “liberals”?

    YOU are why this country sucks, boy.

  • E Brown

    Wait. You gave money to an obvious fraud to support a project based on xenophobia and you call other people ignorant? How would you like to fund a bridge I’m building from San Francisco to Oakland?

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Like your little tin god Trump, you resort to bullying and insults when you have no way to debate on the merits of an argument.

    You are only proving every point I’ve made with your escalation of unhinged vitriol.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Practicing Christians have a defined guideline for morality, decency and integrity. It’s called the Bible and we attempt to live up to those teachings every day (with varying degrees of success).

    Practicing Atheists have rejected the Bible and therefore have no objective set of teachings to define morality, ethics or decency for their religion or for their daily lives.

    Practicing Atheists make up for their lack of morality and ethics with hatred and accusations, and attempts to ‘out-vulgar’ the next practicing Atheist.

    Your attacks against everyone on this site that you disagree with only prove the truth of the statements above.

    Practicing Atheists will lie, cheat, and manufacture false statistics on the spot if they think they can ‘win’ a discussion by doing so. What most don’t realize is that Christians know the truth and because of the teachings of Christ as laid out in the Bible, we have also been warned against those that would twist words and history and that would mislead and corrupt others for their one worldly gain. The penalties for so doing are also taught which is why practicing Christians act honorable, morally and ethically as Christ has taught.

    At the end of the day, Christians have a level of morality and ethics we try hard to live up to. Atheists will always stoop to their lowest most base nature as a result of their decision to reject Christ. You are the proof.

  • Alpha 1

    Don’t listen to wolfe. SJWs like him just virtue signal about how they want open borders because their ideology makes them hate western civilization and they don’t want us to have a country. If you want to keep America from failing, I can sell your town a monorail with a track so high illegal immigrants can’t get on it! I’ve sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook, and by gum it kept their communities safe from MS-13!

  • Barros Serrano

    You are proving my contention that you’re a raving imbecile, boy.

    I hate Trumpolini, and am a progressive Democrat.

    You are an unhinged christofascist nutcase.

    At this point your best tactic would be simply to shut up.

  • Barros Serrano

    I attack everyone with whom I disagree? That’s what people do on political boards, fool. Shall I instead agree with everyone with whom I disagree? What? You’re an inane prattler.

    I’m a practicing pagan, in any case, not atheist. Christians in the U$A have done a piss-poor job of acting on any of the ethics preached by Jesus whom they claim to follow, but in fact are the Synagogue of Satan! lol… I always thought that term applied to Islam, but I’m beginning to think it refers to the Christian Church.

  • T_W_S

    Even if, for the sake of discussion, I would accept your evaluation of Trump in the run up to the election, the alternative was entirely unacceptable, not just in the personage of Hillary Clinton, but in all that she represents. Indeed, you could remove Trump’s name from your first paragraph and replace it with Hillary Clinton. Her election would have been the final nail in the coffin of the American Republic. The choices were, and continue to be, between Socilaism/Communism/New World Order, and Capitalism/American Constitutional Republic. I had no problem making my choice in the voting booth, and will continue to choose accordingly. Everyone of Trump’s critics conveniently ignore the hidden agenda of the Deep State that Hillary and Obama represent.

  • Roger M

    Christofascist??? Are you just making up words now snowflake? Can you say oxymoron??? Immigrants that enter the country illegally are “illegal Immigrants.” Triggered??? Tough!

  • Barros Serrano

    You’re a brainwashed white-right fool, clearly.

    “virtue signaling”, lol… the latest white-right cliche you learned from Breitbart or perhaps Alex Jones.

    You contributed to a racist monument to Trumpolini’s ego which accomplishes nothing. I hope you lose your money.

    You’re supporting a treasonous Russki agent, that Orange Psychotic you worship. Wake up or move to Russia. Soon. Now.

  • Barros Serrano

    See America fail? You’re a traitor who supports a Russian agent as President! You’re helping to bring the country down.

    What’s the word for that? That’s right, traitor.

  • Barros Serrano

    I invite you to come and call me snowflake to my face, fascist traitor boy. I guarantee you a world of pain, which you richly deserve.

    Listen up lowlife treasonous piece of filth… you are a racist, therefore subhuman scum. You don’t give a damn about Irish illegal immigrants here, only the brown ones from the South. You and every other white-right Trumpolini supporting traitor.

    I’d rather have 1000 illegal Guatemalans here than you, boy. YOU are what is screwing up this country, not them. In fact the U$A screwed up Guatemala, so if you don’t like them here, too bad. The blood of those Guatemalan children is on your hands.

    Your Orange Fuhrer is a Russian agent, moron. Wake up or GET OUT!

  • T_W_S

    I’m getting my contribution back – DUDE! What I get indignant about is your no-class rudeness. If you don’t like the idea of a wall, that’s your choice, only you and your ilk aren’t the only ones who get to make choices. Get over it.