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Wall donations refunded or shifted to non-profit effort

Wall donations refunded or shifted to non-profit effort

Much of the shutdown can be attributed to a standoff over President Donald Trump's demands for $5.7 million in appropriations to fund a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The campaign had raised $20 million as of Friday afternoon.

In this November 10, 2014, file photo, former U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, center, sits in a wheelchair next to his wife Ashley, right, during the National September 11 Memorial and Museum's "Salute to Service" tribute.

Kolfage is giving donors the option of giving their donation to himself and a team he assembled to privately construct.the border wall.

But Kolfage also announced on Friday he was suddenly stepping back from donating the money straight to the USA government - a promise it wasn't exactly clear he could complete - and instead funneling the money to a new nonprofit he started called "We Build the Wall, Inc".

Kolfage also wrote that his team of professionals believes they can "complete significant segments of the wall in less time, and for far less money, than the federal government". You will receive your refund a few weeks after the 90 days expires and GoFundMe will notify you once your refund has processed.

"This means all donors will receive a refund", Bobby Whithorne, a spokesman for GoFundMe, told media outlets, including USA Today, on Friday.

"There was a change in the use of funds", Whithorne said.

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In a statement on January 11, Kolfage explained the choice to create a 501 (c)(4).

"'We are grateful for the President's steadfast commitment to border security, the single most important issue plaguing our country, ' said Kolfage".

But donations slowed and Kolfage said the group had concluded that the government won't be able to make use of them in the foreseeable future. "I personally will not take a penny of compensation from these donations incurred in the furtherance of this mission".

After collecting a staggering $20 million, a fundraiser to help build a wall along the USA southern border is being shut down because it failed to reach its target.

In addition, some 800,000 federal employees have been on furlough or are being forced to continue working without pay, costing the U.S. economy an estimated several billion dollars, Sputnik previously reported.

In a statement, GoFundMe cited Kolfage's initial statements on the fundraising page as proof that the initial campaign had failed to achieve its goal.

He added that they've been working to identify possible locations to start building the border wall, reaching out to affected landowners and studying ways to build the wall as cheaply and efficiently as possible.