Vet­eran scraps plan to raise money for wall

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - W RLD - —AFP

Washington: An Iraq war vet­eran can­celled his plan to crowd source $1 bil­lion to help Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump build a wall on the Mex­ico bor­der Fri­day after rais­ing only $20 mil­lion and draw­ing ques­tions about his on­line ac­tiv­i­ties.

Triple-am­putee vet­eran Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe ac­count in De­cem­ber, quickly pil­ing up do­na­tions as Trump was un­able to get Congress to fund the wall -- lead­ing to a now three-week-old par­tial shutdown of the gov­ern­ment.

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.

In ad­di­tion, Kolfage was put on the de­fen­sive late Thurs­day by a Buz­zFeed News ar­ti­cle that raised ques­tions about his use of funds from a pre­vi­ous GoFundMe cam­paign, and al­leged he ran an op­er­a­tion to fab­ri­cate fake news against lib­eral groups and politi­cians in order to gen­er­ate traf­fic and prof­its from ad­ver­tis­ing. Kolfage said on his GoFundMe page that he will re­fund do­na­tions or, if donors agree, will put them to­ward a new com­pany that will build sec­tions of the wall it­self on pri­vate prop­erty along the fron­tier.

Brian Kolfage

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