"When Americans see us completing real miles of attractive wall, we know that we will raise the many billions we need to finally secure the entire border", Kolfage wrote to supporters on his GoFundMe page.
After three weeks, finally GoFundMe has effectively admitted that the campaign is a sham. As NBC first reported, he was kicked off the social media network for posting misinformation, hoaxes and inflammatory language in order to drive traffic to affiliate websites. In GoFundMe's view, that means they can refund donors' money.
"We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border", the organizers said.
But Kolfage also announced on Friday he was suddenly stepping back from donating the money straight to the USA government - a promise it wasn't exactly clear he could complete - and instead funneling the money to a new nonprofit he started called "We Build the Wall, Inc".
According to GoFUndMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne, the border wall online campaign's founder promised donors that all donations would go toward building the wall along the southern border proposed by US President Donald Trump - if the campaign met its $1 billion target, cited by the Insider. "We will promptly refund your donation unless you tell us you approve our new plan for action", he said via GoFundMe in a January 11 update.
In his update, Kolfage said that upon seeing the fundraiser's "success", he reached out to several experts in "politics, national security, construction, and finance" and created a team that "has spent countless hours over the holidays reviewing all issues pertaining to the construction of a southern border wall".
The federal government can't receive money without congressional approval, so he created his own non-profit called We Build the Wall. The message tells donors they can get a refund if they do nothing or they can redirect their donation to the non-profit.
Since the goal wasn't reached, the money will be returned to donors.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Trump administration did not respond to requests for comment Friday evening on the possibility of a privately funded effort to build the wall, according to the New York Times. You will receive your refund a few weeks after the 90 days expires and GoFundMe will notify you once your refund has processed. I am honoring that commitment today.
"Unanimously", Kolfage wrote, "we have all come to the conclusion that the federal government wont be able to accept our donations anytime soon".
In this November 10, 2014, file photo, former U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, center, sits in a wheelchair next to his wife Ashley, right, during the National September 11 Memorial and Museum's "Salute to Service" tribute.