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    5:23 PM 05/11/2019 | USJason Hopkins | Energy Investigator

    A “We Build The Wall” GoFundMe campaign quickly raised $22 million in online donations, but months after its launch and still no construction, donors are beginning to ask what’s being done with their money.
    In the run-up to what became the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, all related to a debate over border wall spending, Purple Heart veteran Brian Kolfage launched aGoFundMe in December calling on people to privately fund a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
    The activist currently promises that his campaign would “do it for a fraction” of the cost it would take the government, telling The Washington Post in January that his project would cost in the range of $2 to $3 million per mile.
    The campaign proved wildly popular. In the matter of weeks, the GoFundMe raised millions and has accumulated $22 million to date, much of it from small-dollar donations. A number of high-profile conservatives have since joined the fundraiser, such as former executive chairman of Breitbart Steve Bannon, former Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach, “Sheriff” David Clarke and others. (RELATED: Border Wall GoFundMe Donors Taking Huge Risk In Giving To Brian Kolfage’s Nonprofit, Watchdogs Warn)
    However, five months since it’s launch, not a single foot of wall has been built, and donors are beginning to demand answers.
    “The lack of updates is very concerning,” Joshua Greene, a Washington state resident who donated to the campaign, said to The Daily Beast. Greene went on to say that he was aware of “previous shady GoFundMe campaigns” from Kolfage, but was confident this one would be legitimate since other “big names” joined on.
    “I am very disappointed in you Brian Kolfage, where are the progress photographs?” a woman posted on the We Build The Wall Facebook Page, a comment first flagged by The Washington Post.
    “I’ve been away for FIVE months,” one Twitter user wrote in April. “When’s the groundbreaking?”
    A Mexican soldier stands guard in front of the border wall with the United States, outside of a sports centre used as a temporary shelter used for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
    After blowing past self-established deadlines, it’s still not clear when, or where, the wall will be built. Kolfage told Politico in February that his group would break ground by “May 1, June 1 at the latest.” During a radio interview in March, he said that they would begin in April.(RELATED: ‘Human F***ing Garbage’: Veterans, Strangers Defend Cancer Patient After Border Wall GoFundMe Founder Doxxed Her)
    In an exchange with The Daily Caller News Foundation in March, Kolfage said they would “break ground next month on our first section of border wall.” The activist refused to provide TheDCNF with work permits as proof for this claim, asserting that his group needed to protect the privacy of landowners. When asked where construction would take place, Kolfage simply listed off southern border states.
    Since the publication of this article, Kolfage has still not revealed when or where wall construction will begin.
    “There’s no update because we are remaining silent for a very good reason. You all will have the best present very soon. Remember powerful people want to stop our progress, so to not tip anyone off we are radio silent!!” Kolfage wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday.
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    FOR THE TIME BEING, I'm giving these guys a pass. In order to build just 1 single mile of wall, you need to get the project permitted, I assume, and you have to line up the contractors with the proper equipment and the material suppliers and have a delivery date for the materials to arrive. That's in addition to getting the wall designed. There's a TON of things involved here. As long as most of the $$$$ is accounted for, I'd give these guys a few more months to deliver something? It will take some of the $$$$ that has been raised just to get the project to point where the construction workers are on site and putting up just the 1st single section of it. I feel this group might have given a false impression on how fast this project could actually come about.
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