December 21, 2018
The GoFundMe for the wall is now past $10,000,000.
The Jews are saying the money is going to have to be refunded.
A grassroots online campaign to fund President Trump’s proposed border wall roared past $8.7 million on Thursday, but questions remained about whether the feds would be able to accept the gift.
As of Thursday evening, 143,821 people had donated $8,742,182 toward Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage’s GoFundMe campaign, titled We the People Will Fund the Wall, just a little over three days after its launch.
The pledge drive aims to raise $1 billion to “uphold our laws, and get this wall BUILT!” Kolfage, a Purple Heart recipient who lost both legs and an arm in Iraq, wrote on the campaign’s Web page. “It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling.”
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a longtime proponent of tighter border security, hailed the vet’s “impressive” campaign, even as he expressed reservations about allowing private citizens to govern with their wallets.
“I think it’s admirable, and I think that the country should respond,” Goodlatte told The Post. “Obviously, we can’t let citizens raise money and say, ‘The government will spend my money on this purpose.’ ”
According to the Treasury Department, general donations to the feds are directed to a “Gifts to the United States” fund, set aside for “general use” by the federal government or “budget needs.”
Specific federal agencies can’t touch this funding without a congressional appropriation.
Some agencies can accept gifts directly for earmarked purposes, but it was not clear if the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the borders, was among them.
If the issue is about the money for the wall, as Democrats sometimes are claiming, then why can’t the Congress just put it in the bill that DHS is allowed to accept GoFundMe money to build the wall?
If Trump started shilling this on his Twitter and on TV, it would get to five billion in a matter of a few days.
Trump is only asking for 5 billion in a budget that is over a trillion, so obviously it isn’t about the money, and it is about the wall being “immoral” as Nancy Pelosi has said.
But just removing the issue of money completely would certainly make the discussion more interesting.
Because these people are not only saying “immoral,” they are saying “ineffective.”
If it’s ineffective, then what difference does it make if it gets built?
It would have to just be about the $5 billion, and we the people are more than willing to pay that.