Wall Donors Left in the Dark by GoFundMe Campaign Starters

Wall Donors Left in the Dark by GoFundMe Campaign Starters May 13, 2019

We tried to tell them. Now we’re well within our rights to say, “WE TOLD YOU SO!”

The “them” we’re addressing in this particular instance is the painfully gullible rubes who felt money donated through a GoFundMe page to a private citizen, promising to use the funds to begin building a wall on our southern border was actually a legit cause.

Oh, they may have felt that it could happen, but for them to believe such, it would mean that they think any random person can grab the land of any other citizen for their own ends, without any consequences.

You also have to consider what would go into the zoning and preparation of those lands that are public or government owned. From the beginning, the idea that you could just throw your money at a shady sales pitch from a group with no connection to the government and then see anything other than your money going bye-bye was laughable.

We told you so.

So you’ve probably figured it out by now that I’m talking about the massive con GoFundMe campaign launched in late 2018 by Brian Kolfage, the triple amputee war veteran and Trump supporter.

Kolfage claimed that he and his organization, We Build the Wall would take donated monies and begin building the southern border wall, themselves.

It was a successful campaign, no doubt. With a projected start date of April, they were quickly able to raise around $20 million.

How much wall has been completed?

Yeah. About that…

We Build the Wall has frequently presented itself as poised to start building portions of the wall on private land. In February, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach—who is a member of We Build the Wall’s board of directors—claimed that the group was “getting ready to break ground, probably in April.”

Kolfage himself went further, saying in a radio interview in March that “we’re going to start breaking ground next month.” The group had even promised to invite donors to a groundbreaking ceremony.

We’re midway into May, folks.

Donors to this cause were told that they would be invited to the groundbreaking, and as of this writing, none of them have received that promised invite.

Some of those donors are slowly waking to the realization that those of us not Trump-drunk tried to tell them: THIS. WAS. A. SCAM.

These folks are storming the Facebook page of the organization, demanding answers.

“Show me video of wall being built and I’ll pony up my next donation,” reads one angry Facebook comment.

“Where is the rest of the money going?” reads another.

Rest of?

It’s all going on Kolfage and his co-conspirators’ pockets.

I wrote about Kolfage and his history of raising money and then not quite following through on his stated plans back when news of this latest venture became known.

Making donors more nervous is that Kolfage has a history of participating in questionable endeavors. He was a prolific operator of hoax pages on Facebook, and money he raised in the past to help veterans’ programs in hospitals never actually went to those hospitals.

If they’re only now getting nervous, they deserve to be scammed.

Kolfage and We Build the Wall’s board of directors have spent plenty of time in Arizona, ostensibly scouting private land to build the wall. But The Phoenix New Times reported in March that the “vast majority” of land on the border in the state is owned by the federal government. Meanwhile, many of the people who actually own land on the border told the New Times that they hadn’t been contacted by We Build the Wall.

Of course they haven’t.

Kolfage and his now-richer crew claim they’re “close” to beginning, but that they must keep the location secret.

Liberals and the Deep State might be listening in, ya know.

“VERY soon we can release the details but have to keep that information secure for the time being as to prevent giving our detractors a heads up to derail our progress,” the statement reads. “Soon, everyone will have the update they’ve been waiting for which we can’t wait to share. This updated delay is just the unfortunate process of building a controversial barrier some people don’t want to happen.”

Anybody else looking at this and seeing it as a blatant move to soothe rising tensions from donors?

Kolfage gave a similar statement in a March radio interview.

“I wish I could name where it’s at, but we can’t name it because of the ACLU, these other liberal groups that want to sue us and impede our progress,” Kolfage said. “But it’s actually happening.”

It’s not actually happening.

I do have to note that back when questions arose, regarding Kolfage and his shady past, GoFundMe shut down the campaign. Donors were given an opportunity to request a refund, or do nothing, effectively giving Kolfage and his crew their money.

I don’t know how many of them actually requested a refund, but given the amount of anger surrounding the information blackout around the efforts, I’m going to say far too many allowed for this man to make off with their donations.

I’d say this should be a lesson to those who go all in on deals like this with disreputable individuals, but human nature is such a funny thing. As we’ve seen, any lessons to be learned here are lost on the truly gullible.

 

 

 

 

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  • Michael Weyer

    I’m sorry but anyone who actually seriously believed this wall would be build in private over the scores of issues involving farmer’s land and construction deserves to be ripped off.

    It just goes to show if anyone ever knew human nature, it was P.T. Barnum: “There’s a sucker born every minute and two to take advantage of him.”

  • chemical

    From Susan:

    I’d say this should be a lesson to those who go all in on deals like this with disreputable individuals, but human nature is such a funny thing. As we’ve seen, any lessons to be learned here are lost on the truly gullible.

    Ain’t that the truth. Trump supporters attempt to throw another brick through America’s collective window, and somehow manage to hit themselves in the head with it again. The funny thing is, absolutely no one will learn anything at all from this. We all knew it was a straight up scam, and the lesson Trump supporters learned was that they didn’t throw the brick hard enough.

  • Michael Weyer

    I’m oddly remembering SNL this weekend doing a line on “McConnell said it’s time to stop trying to replay the 2016 election. He then went back to his efforts to repeal Obamacare for literally the 55th time.”

    What’s that old bit on the definition of insanity again?

  • Alpha 1

    This GoFundTheWall debacle is the perfect microcosm of the entire Trump movement.

  • Alpha 1

    If the first monorail salesman rips you off, that just means you need to find another monorail salesman!

  • chemical

    Worse than that, actually. This wasn’t even the first scam Kolfage pulled — it’s more like the monorail salesman ripped them off, went away for a bit, came back with a Groucho Marx mustache and glasses, and sold them another monorail.

    Actually, I did learn something from this: Affinity scams are super effective against Trump supporters.

  • Alpha 1

    Seeing Kolfage run off with that pile of money makes me want to get in on the right-wing grift. I can already see my pitch…

    “I used to be a socialist until I saw a gender-neutral bathroom at Starbucks. That made me realize the intolerant left has gone too far, and now I think carbon dioxide doesn’t trap heat and girls are giving video games cooties. I’m black and Jewish so liking this show proves that you, my listener, are Not Racist. This episode of the Alpha 1 show is brought to you by Monorails4U dot com. Use the code ‘Alpha1’ for a 10% discount on your first train!”

    I bet I could be on Fox News in 6 months.

  • Ellen Elmore

    All the donors to the We Build the Wall campaign are hard line Trump supporters. They are the ones that would vote for Trump even if he” shot someone on 5th Ave. in NYC.” The stupidity of the American voter was never more evident than in the election of 2016.

  • Michael Weyer

    Put that up on places like Brierbart and reddit boards and you’ll be rolling in the dough from those idiots in no time.

  • chemical

    Same here, except I’d have an atheist-to-Christian conversion story:
    “I used to be an atheist until I watched God’s Not Dead, and then I realized that all atheists are morally bankrupt and completely miserable, and that I was only calling myself an atheist because I wanted to sin, and to be cool like Richard Dawkins.” OK, have to stop here, because I hate making myself sound this stupid.

    As an aside: It’s worth noting that many atheists on television are in fact morally bankrupt and/or completely miserable. Dr. House, Rick Sanchez, Sheldon Cooper, etc. fit this bill; Brian Griffin being an exception (though I’ll excuse characters in sitcoms a bit, as it’s hard to tell jokes about moral, upstanding people).

  • Alpha 1

    “The fact Nicolas Maduro won’t respond to my offer to debate him shows that the left refuses to exchange ideas. Prepare for the free speech apocalypse with a pack of PatriotEagle Survival Meals for only $99.99!”
    -Alpha 1, contributor at Fox News and Breitbart

  • chemical

    Jim Bakker will undercut you on those apocalypse meals, and he’s a convicted felon.

  • Alpha 1

    That’s the problem with getting in on the right wing grift, isn’t it? The job requires an ability to be utterly shameless, and if you flinch you’ll be overtaken by other grifters who won’t. You seem pretty civil, so maybe you could be a Dave Rubin type who normalizes the far right? All you have to do there is go “uh huh” over and over while a fascist youtuber rants about how cultural marxism is ruining superhero movies.

  • chemical

    Or Sam Harris. Show me a far-right atheist, and I’ll show you a Sam Harris fan.

    Come to think of it, the Four Horsemen weren’t really the apocalypse-level threat the church made them out to be. Harris is a far-right pseudo-intellectual. Dennett never really achieved mainstream popularity. Hitchens, although arguably the most dangerous, is dead. Dawkins, who I’d say is the smartest and most accomplished of the Four, has proven to be incredibly bad at social media, and as such I don’t think he won a lot of converts. He’s a decent champion for science, but I think he’s been overshadowed by Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    Regarding cultural marxism: I’ve never gotten a decent definition about this, and am starting to think it’s a trigger phrase just to make idiots rage at something someone else doesn’t like. Marvel makes a superhero movie about a *gasp* woman? Cultural marxism! Woman makes a video game that isn’t Barbie Dream House? Cultural marxism! See also: Political correctness.

  • Alpha 1

    Sam Harris’ gimmick is pretty impressive. His fans get to feel like they’re rebels against religion while upholding most of the hierarchies as traditional Christianity, AND they get to hate and fear muslims while they’re at it. Honestly the fact that Harris is the most prominent of the remaining Four Horsemen is a pretty sad commentary on the fate of 2000s online atheism. It really seems to have been a feeder for what would become the alt-right. Now Harris is doing race science, while religious fundamentalists like Ben Shapiro have adopted FACTS and LOGIC as their totem against progressive causes like trans rights. I guess that’s what happens when self-proclaimed skeptics are only skeptical about one thing.

    As for “cultural Marxism,” it just means Jews. Seriously. It began as “cultural Bolshevism,” an antisemitic conspiracy by literal Nazis in the 20s who believed there was a Jewish plot to destroy Germany by inserting left-wing ideas into its culture. “Cultural Marxism” is just a modern version of the same conspiracy. If you need proof of the connection, the Poway synagogue shooter blamed Jews for “cultural marxism” in his manifesto.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Now that Trump is ratcheting up his trade war with China (at our expense), how long before Iowa and other midwest soybean farmers realize that Trump’s promises to increase their soybean market (and profits) was just a scam and start abandoning Trump ?

    Will Trump continue capturing N. Korean shipping (without a declaration of war from Congress) ? Will he continue to escalate tensions with N. Korea to (and past) the point of a shooting war ? Or will Trump check his ego and back down short of a shooting war ? (Ha Ha Ha) (I remember that Trump spoke longingly of a 1st strike Nuclear attack on N. Korea – and was reported to have brought the idea of a 1st strike up multiple times during early security briefings.)

    Will Trump be at all concerned about getting a declaration of war from Congress before starting a shooting war or ordering US troops to take action that WOULD start a shooting war ?

    We are getting closer to the answers to these questions and 2020 could be our chance to remove the WH tumor in our government before disaster sets in.

    Meanwhile, seeing the Trump rubes get fleeced is satisfying only to the extent that if provides yet another data point that shows just how untrustworthy Trump and his sycophants truly are.

    BTW: Where’s the Mexican/Canadian trade deal stand on which our “bestest dealmaker ever” promised us the moon and American “greatness” ? Last I saw, it’s nowhere and may not get approved at all due to continuing disagreements between us and the Canadians and growing awareness of reality in Congress (that reality being Trump’s falling popularity and vote potential after the mid-terms)..

  • JASmius

    The nature of cultists isn’t that they’re easy to fool; it’s that they WANT to be fooled. They REVEL in being fooled. To them, humiliation is vindication. It was true of the Obamunists and it’s reached unfathomable heights (or depths) with the Trumpies. They’re impervious to facts, oblivious to the obvious, and would be laughing hysterically at themselves if they were on the outside of #Cult45 looking in.

    And that’s the bitterest irony: several years ago they WERE laughing hysterically at the Obamunists, and a couple of years from now they’ll be back to doing the same thing. And at that point they’ll have thrown their own empty-headed cultism down the memory hole, as if it never existed – not unlike one-time Obamunists do today.