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The GoFundMe Frontier Campaign aims at one billion (at least)

Home / US / The GoFundMe Frontier Campaign aims at one billion (at least) December 20, 2018 US 0 Views Mexico and US border crossing to San Diego County from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Guillermo Arias / AFP / Getty Images President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut the government over funding for its border. But when the issue of money for his campaign proposal again goes to Congress, a man believes that he may have found a solution: Crowds Financing. Brian Kolfage, a 37-year-old resident of Florida who was seriously injured in the Iraq war, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to complete Trump's signature promise. The campaign has increased over $ 1.5 million over the three days since it began with an overall goal of $ 1 billion. Story Continued Below Trump originally told congressional leaders that he would accept no less than $ 5 billion for his wall in a bill to keep the most of the federal government open. for the total Cost of a wall has varied – Trump has even changed to an original vision for a continuous stretch across the border – but usually falls somewhere in the range of between 12 and 20 billion dollars. A staff report written for Senate Democrats claimed that the price could be as much as $ 70 billion. In a statement on the campaign website, Kolfage said that $ 1 billion is the current maximum for GoFundMe, but he is working to raise it. He added…

Home / US / The GoFundMe Frontier Campaign aims at one billion (at least)

Mexico and US border crossing to San Diego County from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Guillermo Arias / AFP / Getty Images

President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut the government over funding for its border. But when the issue of money for his campaign proposal again goes to Congress, a man believes that he may have found a solution: Crowds Financing.

Brian Kolfage, a 37-year-old resident of Florida who was seriously injured in the Iraq war, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to complete Trump’s signature promise. The campaign has increased over $ 1.5 million over the three days since it began with an overall goal of $ 1 billion.

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Trump originally told congressional leaders that he would accept no less than $ 5 billion for his wall in a bill to keep the most of the federal government open. for the total Cost of a wall has varied – Trump has even changed to an original vision for a continuous stretch across the border – but usually falls somewhere in the range of between 12 and 20 billion dollars. A staff report written for Senate Democrats claimed that the price could be as much as $ 70 billion.

In a statement on the campaign website, Kolfage said that $ 1 billion is the current maximum for GoFundMe, but he is working to raise it. He added that if the approximately 63 million Americans who voted for Trump donated $ 80 each, they would be able to raise the $ 5 billion the president asks for the Congress.

“Democrats will stop this project with all possible means and play political games to ensure President Trump does not get his victory [sic],” wrote Kolfage. “You’d better see President Trump fail, than to see America succeed. But if we can fund a large part of this wall, things will jump and there will be less money that Trump has to secure from our politicians.” [19659009] US Capitol “data size =” promo_xsmall_rectangle “/>

A GoFundMe representative did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Kolfage says he is in contact with the Trump Administration to secure a contact point for potential donations and a legal company to ensure that Uncle Sam could not try to use the money in another way. There is also a promise that all donations will be held until the legal aspects have been prepared – and that they will be refunded if the campaign is not coming close to its goal.

Americans as the public finance their own government are not as unusual as it may 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 central government debt – during the fiscal year 2018, only $ 776,000 became shy in this way. National Parks Servic e has its foundation for donations; the businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has donated over 18 million dollars to improvements for national monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

Perhaps the most remarkable public funding campaign in US history was the one that raised the money to establish a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. “Let’s not wait for millionaires to give us this money,” said Joseph Pulitzer in March 1885 in New York World, his newspaper. More than $ 100,000 was raised, much of it from donations of less than one dollar.

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