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Government shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight

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A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest shuttering of federal agencies in U.S. history, with no end in sight.
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Over $20 Million Raised in Border Wall GoFundMe Campaign to Be Refunded

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GoFundMe will refund over $20 million in donations raised to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
The fundraiser “We the People Will Build the Wall” was created by veteran Brian Kolfage on Dec. 16 and, as of Saturday morning, raised $20,270,904 of $1 billion goal from over 325,000 people.
While the original goal was to give all money raised to the government, on Friday, Kolfage updated donors that the campaign would instead move to a newly-founded nonprofit. This shift meant all GoFundMe donations to the campaign would have to be refunded.
In a message on the campaign's page, Kolfage explained...
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Far-right grifter's campaign to crowdfund Donald Trump's border project hits a wall

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...
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Wall donations refunded or shifted to non-profit effort

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida man says people who contributed more than $20 million online to help build a wall along the southern U.S. border can get refunds or shift their support to a new non-profit effort.
Air Force veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage, 37, says on the GoFundMe page he started in December to raise money for President Donald Trump's wall that the non-profitendeavour will be more successful. The message tells donors they can get a refund if they do nothing or they can redirect their donation to the non-profit.
“There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this has...
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Man behind 'Build the Wall' GoFundMe has reportedly made a potentially lucrative contact list thanks to a shadowy email-harvesting operation

Man behind 'Build the Wall' GoFundMe has reportedly made a potentially lucrative contact list thanks to a shadowy email-harvesting operation

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Brian Kolfage, the veteran behind the GoFundMe campaign that was raising money for a wall along the southern US border, reportedly grew a lucrative email list using shadowy techniques.
Kolfage has, in the past, operated websites that reportedly published false stories.
According to NBC News, Kolfage claims to have gathered 3.5 million email addresses thanks to the 'Build the Wall' campaign.
Brian Kolfage, the veteran who created the GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the wall, now has a potentially lucrative list of emails thanks to the fundraiser, according to NBC News.
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$20 million in donations for border wall to be refunded or shifted to non-profit effort

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida man says people who contributed more than $20 million online to help build a wall along the southern U.S. border can get refunds or shift their support to a new nonprofit effort. Air Force veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage says on the GoFundMe page he started to raise money for President Donald Trump's wall that the nonprofit endeavor will be more successful. The message tells donors they can get a refund if they do nothing or direct their donation to the nonprofit. So far, about 339,000 people have contributed. The new nonprofit is called We Build...
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Border wall GoFundMe shut down after raising $20mn, campaigners pledge to build wall themselves

Border wall GoFundMe shut down after raising $20mn, campaigners pledge to build wall themselves

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After collecting a staggering $20 million, a fundraiser to help build a wall along the US southern border is being shut down because it failed to reach its target. However campaigners are now pledging to build the wall themselves.
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