A GoFundMe page titled, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” has raised more than $7 million out of $1 billion as of Dec. 20. In less than an hour late on Thursday, donors contributed more than $500,000.
The page was set up by Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran who received the Purple Heart.
“As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today. Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society,” his page reads.
He noted that the U.S. government has accepted large private donations in the past, citing billionaire David Rubenstein’s $7.5 million contribution to repair cracks in the Washington Monument in 2012 following an earthquake.
By the morning of Dec. 20, the GoFundMe hit $4 million, and by the late afternoon, it was $7 million. More than 120,000 people have contributed to the fund so far.
On Dec. 19, more than $2 million was donated by 34,000 people, according to Fox News.
“If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall,” Kolfage said on the page. He added that it equates to about $5 billion and said that “even if we get half, that’s half the wall.” He added, “We can do this.”
One-hundred percent of the donations, he said “will go to the Trump Wall,” he is “working with a law firm on a legal document that will bind the government to [use] the funds for the border wall itself, nothing else.”
#GoFundTheWall Campaign by Brian Kolfage gaining momentum. @IngrahamAngle show tonight possibly and @MorningsMaria on Fox Business News on the 21st! #buildthewall @Potus https://t.co/GpwAAD5t3K pic.twitter.com/YJY4dEmNB3
— Jeff Sullivan (@rinoswamp) December 19, 2018
And, “If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny. We are working on a time frame to achieve,” the former U.S. Airman said.
Kolfage said he wanted to let donors or potential donors know that it isn’t a scam.
“I’m using my real name, my real information, you can contact me and hold me accountable. People who try to scam you will not be upfront with their information, they will hide and not use their name. I have a public figure Facebook page with a blue check mark,” his page said. “I’m a retired United States Air Force member who was wounded in Iraq, and lost 3 limbs. I have a website BrianKolfage.com where you can verify more about me. I will respond. I’ve been on Fox News many times, you can see I’m credible and a real person,” he added.
Do you think our Gofundme campaign changed @realDonaldTrump mind on the wall and government shutdown? I believe it did…. We need to keep the pressure on and keep showing America what we want! DONATE NOW! #GoFundTheWall https://t.co/h4K1VZWToC
— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) December 21, 2018
GoFundMe is paying attention to the campaign, it confirmed.
“The funds are safely held by our payment processor and we will work with the organizer to transfer funds to an appropriate recipient or refund all donors, as stated in the campaign story,” a GoFundMe spokesperson told People magazine on Dec. 20.
According to his website, Kolfage lost most of his limbs after a 107mm rocket shell exploded three feet from him in 2004 during the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
“Despite suffering multiple amputations and the looming possibility of death, Airman Kolfage still maintained incredible strength and courage throughout his recovery. The fact that no one with his level of amputation has ever been able to walk independently didn’t discourage him. With undiminished spirit, he still saw opportunities and worked with feverish determination through his physical therapy program, gaining strength and balance every day,” his website says.
Supporters Voice Enthusiasm
Americans from many different ethnic backgrounds have voiced their support for Kolfage’s “We the People Will Fund the Wall” campaign, some of which Kolfage has shared on his social media.
One supporter, Yuri, who is a U.S. permanent resident from Mexico, shared, “I am proud of my roots and where I come from, but I am a conservative and a Trump supporter.
“I have supported him since day one even though that meant to distance myself from by birth family in Mexico and friends,” he explained.
Yuri, who referred to himself as a “legal immigrant Trump supporter,” thanked Kolfage for what he is doing to support the President’s efforts to secure the U.S. Mexico border. Kolfage himself, has previously told the media that his mother’s family had also been immigrants to the United States from Mexico.
Kolfage, 37, earlier explained that he set a the limit to the campaign to $1 billion as GoFundMe campaigns were capped to that amount. He said that he intends to keep campaigning to reach the $5 billion that the Trump administration said it needs to fund the build.
“I don’t want to weigh in on any political aspects of this wall. I want to keep the focus on funding this wall,” Kolfage told Military.com. “I don’t really care what Trump has to say about it and what other politicians are saying about it. We just want to fund it, and that’s it… Whatever he’s doing to get the wall, that’s his own deal.”
“People want this and they want a way to give for something they’re passionate about,” he added. “They just didn’t have a way to give because politicians weren’t giving them those avenues to contribute or to do something.”
Published with permission from The Epoch Times