The media is spinning its level best to cast aspersions on the change over from the original GoFundMe page of Brian Kolfage’s Build the Wall campaign in a desperate effort to destroy Kolfage’s credibility.
Kolfage started the page without expecting such an amazing outpouring of support. But his initial plan was not well organized, to be sure. So, because things were mounting so quickly, he thought it would be prudent to set up a more serious organization aimed at actually building the wall.
Instead of just dumping the money raised into the hands of the federal government,Kolfage started a 501c4 non-profit named WeBuildTheWall.us.
But the media has misreported what is happening with the money already raised via the original GoFundMe page.
The media has tried to say that ALL the money is being refunded to the donors and in some cases even hinted that GoFundMe is trying to cut ties with Kolfage. All that is simply untrue.
“Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated,” Brian Kolfage said in a statement. “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.”
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.
Mr. Kolfage and We Build the Wall Inc. remain in good standing with GoFundMe and are continuing to use the platform www.gofundme.com/thetrumpwall to raise additional money with the goal of raising more than a billion dollars. All new contributions received at www.gofundme.com/thetrumpwall after the update on January 11, 2019 at 2pm Eastern are NOT subject to the opt-in requirements.
“More than one in three of our donors have already backed the new plan in the first 48 hours,” We Build the Wall Advisory Board member and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said. “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.”
The new organization added:
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.
So, now you know the real story.
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