Wounded warrior and Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage has set out to do the seemingly impossible: raise one billion dollars for the construction of a southern border wall.
Kolfage is using the GoFundMe platform to garner a record-breaking figure of publicly-raised money, all in the name of border security.
“The government has accepted large private donations before, most recently a billionaire donated $7.5 Million to fund half of the Washington Monument repairs in 2012; this is no different,” the veteran wrote on the donation page’s description.
He continued: “Like a majority of those American citizens who voted to elect President Donald J Trump, we voted for him to Make America Great Again. President Trump’s main campaign promise was to BUILD THE WALL. And as he’s followed through on just about every promise so far, this wall project needs to be completed still.”
Kolfage said he is “deeply invested” to the United States after he sacrificed three limbs and more defending the country overseas. Now, the veteran is bringing his same fighting spirit to raise funds for a southern border wall.
The fund has already collected over $11 million in just 4 days, after having raised $7 million in just three days.
“If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.” That equates to roughly 5Billion Dollars, even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.
Democrats are going to stall this project by every means possible and play political games to ensure President Trump doesn’t get his victor. They’d rather see President Trump fail, than see America succeed. However, if we can fund a large portion of this wall, it will jumpstart things and will be less money Trump has to secure from our politicians.
This won’t be easy, but it’s our duty as citizens. This needs to be shared every single day by each of you on social media. We can do it, and we can help President Trump make America safe again!
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USA Today reports the fundraising effort is already one of the largest the website has ever undergone.
“His [Kolfage’s] goal is to get everyday people to pay for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and it’s already reached more than $9 million in contributions as of Thursday at 8:45 p.m. ET,” USA Today reports.
That number exceeded $11 million as of Friday morning:
Politico reports the $1 billion goal was set only because it is the current max on the fundraising website. Kolfage, according to the report, said he is working with the platform to exceed that number.
Crowdfunding for the federal government is not uncommon, Politico reports. As early as the 1880s, citizens donated to the federal government to secure funding for the State of Liberty.
Americans crowd-funding their own government is not as unusual as it might seem.
The Treasury Department has a way for citizens to make unconditional gifts to the government. Among other things, one can donate to help pay down the national debt — in fiscal year 2018, just shy of $776,000 was raised this way. The National Park Service has its foundation for donations; businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has donated more than $18 million to improvements for national monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
Perhaps the most notable crowd-funding campaign in U.S. history was the one that raised the money to erect a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. “Let us not wait for the millionaires to give us this money,” implored Joseph Pulitzer in March 1885 in the New York World, his newspaper. More than $100,000 was raised, much of it from donations of less than a dollar.