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A GoFundMe campaign is raising funds to pay for the border wall — and it has already raised more than $5 million

Business Insider logo Business Insider 12/20/2018 Mariana Alfaro
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  • A GoFundMe campaign was set up by a veteran to raise funds to pay for the border wall.
  • The campaign has already raised more than $5 million in three days.
  • Brian Kolfage, a motivational speaker who speaks about being a triple amputee, is behind the campaign and promised the funds will be held until the campaign can ensure all the money goes toward paying for the border wall.

It's been two years since Donald Trump won the presidential election after repeatedly promising to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. Since the wall still hasn't been built - and is apparently causing some trouble on Capitol Hill - some Americans are taking up the cause themselves.

US Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage set up a GoFundMe campaign on Monday asking for supporters to pitch in to pay for the wall. In 72 hours, the campaign has already received more than $5 million in donations. More than 84,000 supporters have donated. At one point on Wednesday, the campaign was raising $1,000 each minute.

"If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall," the campaign's GoFundMe page reads. "That equates to roughly 5Billion Dollars, even if we get half, that's half the wall. We can do this."

In the campaign's description, Kolfage - who underwent three amputations after he was severely injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 - wrote that he feels "deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today." Kolfage also wrote on the page "too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society."

Kolfage told the Washington Post that he started the campaign because "political games from both parties" have been holding back the construction of the wall.

"It's time to stop playing games with voters," Kolfage said. "If we are told we're getting something, make it happen."

Read more: Mississippi congressman proposes crowdfunding border wall through 'border bonds'

The campaign description also says the fundraising efforts are capped at $1 billion because that is GoFundMe's maximum fundraising limit. Kolfage said he's working with the company to change that.

This is the latest effort by conservative Americans to find a way to raise money for the wall, for which Trump has been having a hard time securing funds. Just this week, Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo introduced a bill that would allow Americans to buy "border bonds" to raise the $5 billion Trump is asking for to build the wall.

Kolfage makes a reference to Palazzo's plan in his campaign's description, saying it is "one option" for the funds raised, adding that "there are others on the table being discussed." In the post, the veteran said that "every single penny" will be refunded if the campaign doesn't reach its goal.

The government has accepted private donations for infrastructure before. In 2012, a billionaire philanthropist donated $7.5 million to fix the Washington Monument. It is unclear still if the government has reached out to Kolfage about any potential donations. In the GoFundMe post, Kolfage said he is "working with a law firm on a legal document that will bind the government to using the funds for the border wall itself, nothing else."

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