GoFundMe campaign for border wall aims for a billion (at least)

GoFundMe campaign for border wall aims for a billion (at least)

According to the creators, the rival campaign "isn't really about ladders at all" but is meant to point out the ridiculousness of the original fundraiser started by retired U.S. Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage Jr. called "We the People Will Build the Wall Fund".

Nancy Levine, author of the "Tao of Pug", who lives in Woodacre, Calif.is part of this "counter-wall" movement and is credited as a key resistance activist for the "Ladders" effort.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders divulged this week that the Trump administration is now looking for "different" sources to fund his proposed wall.

The campaign went viral as Mr. Trump appeared to back down from his threat to shut down the government unless Congress allocated $5 billion for the wall - the figure has been set as a benchmark by Kolfage. The bill is expected to fail in the Senate, where it would need a number of Democrats to get on board.

If no deal is reached, several U.S. federal agencies will begin to close at midnight on Friday in a partial Government shutdown. Hence a trolling GoFundMe page titled "Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall".

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More than 200,000 people have donated to Kolfage's GoFundMe page, raising over $12 million to date.

He told the US TV network he did not mention the pages on his fundraiser as he "didn't want it to be a distraction". Less than 24 hours after the Times report, the campaign was steadily increasing past the $11.8 million mark, with almost 190,000 donors.

A statement on Kolfage's GoFundMe page insists the fundraiser is not a scam because "p$3 eople who try to scam you will not be upfront with their information".

Kolfage did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Miami Herald. "And as he's followed through on just about every promise so far, this wall project needs to be completed still". But according to the New York Post, government regulations around donations from private citizens could prevent Kolfage from directing where the money goes.

Rasmussen Reports said that 34 percent of Republicans said they would contribute, along with 21 percent of independents and 10 percent of Democrats. "If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall". So it might end up that the supporters of the GoFundMe will send millions of dollars to the government, and not actually get a wall in return. "We can do this". Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) and Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) have both filed bills seeking to create a "Border Wall Trust Fund", which Black's bill specifies would be appropriated to the Department of Homeland Security.

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