Far-right grifter’s campaign to crowdfund Donald Trump’s border project hits a wall
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At the end of last year, shortly before the holidays and as the federal government was careening towards a partial shutdown, one of Donald Trump’s more enterprising supporters took it upon himself to fund the president’s vanity project along the U.S. -Mexico border.
Brian Kolfage, a longtime supporter of Donald Trump and conservative causes, launched a campaign on the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to privately raise the $5.7 billion that Trump was hoping to get from U.S taxpayers to pay for his wall.
Within days, his campaign surpassed $10 million, as thousands of supporters blindly threw their money at the project, unperturbed by the fact that private citizens can’t just write a check to the U.S. Treasury to pay for government projects.
Conservative lawmakers in Congress took the reins, attempting to introduce legislation that would clear a path for a privately-funded wall. And the far-right media giddily watched as the dollar amount rose higher and higher, certain that the outpouring of support was evidence that the public approved of the president’s ambitious construction project.
On Friday, GoFundMe announced that it would be refunding donations, since the campaign fell just $5,679,720,582 short of its ultimate goal of $5,700,000,000.
January 13, 2019 at 9:52 AM #11848alcinaParticipant
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And they were SO close!
"The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them." -Julius Nyerere, First President of Tanzania
January 13, 2019 at 10:26 AM #11858Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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more amazing that 21 million was raised
January 13, 2019 at 10:33 AM #11861retired liberalParticipant
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And yet most, or all those people donating, have hissy fits every year about having to pay taxes to a government that can’t do anything right.
We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…
Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.
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