Questions asked about triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage’s GoFundMe border-wall donations

Brian Kolfage is a triple-amputee Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient who created a GoFundMe last December 16, asking for donations toward construction of a US-Mexico border wall that has stymied President Trump because of Congress’ refusal to fund the wall.

Pic of Brian Kolfage with family from Facebook

Kolfage promised that “100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall” and that “If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny.”

See “Triple-amputee veteran creates GoFundMe fundraiser for border wall

Kolfage’s goal is $1 billion. As of this morning, $22,229,287 have been donated by 261,937 people, which comes to an average of $84.87 per donor. If the most recent 10 donations are an indication, most donations are small, made by ordinary Americans, not the super-wealthy:

  1. Helen Watson: $13
  2. Anonymous: $10
  3. Danuta Frazier: $40
  4. Denise Angewine: $25
  5. Cherrie Lamon: $20
  6. Michael Degrood: $50
  7. Anonymous: $19
  8. Judy Schultz: $10
  9. Michael A. Sherrill: $80
  10. James Hill $50

All of which makes it even more imperative that Kolfage’s GoFundMe drive is a creditable undertaking.

Clash Daily is an authentic conservative website founded by Doug Giles, who is a conservative Christian patriot.

Given the conservative credentials of Clash Daily, we should take note that it is raising questions about Kolfage’s donation drive.

Wes Walker reports for Clash Daily, May 14, 2019, that Brian Kolfage is “now being accused of being a scam artist, using donations meant for his multi-million-dollar Build The Wall project to fund a jet-set lifestyle” and a $600K boat that Kolfage maintains was purchased prior to the GoFundMe campaign and paid for “by other means”.

Walker quotes a May 13, 2019 Daily Mail article:

But the Florida resident [Kolfage] is now facing repeated questions about the progress of the wall and attention has also turned to a $600,000 boat he says he bought a year before he began the GoFundMe appeal.

A source told The Stern Facts that Kolfage is now living a high-flying lifestyle, saying: ‘Whether he ordered it last year with the year before is irrelevant it’s still nearly a million dollar boat. Those new toys are very expensive as is flying private.’

He has previously posted image of his travels on private jets and with pricey cars. In February he posed, along with his wife, in front of a plane saying ‘it looks like our first piece of land for @webuildthewall is a go!’ The couple are understood to have flown with the Veterans Airlift Command.

But after a seemingly lack of progress and a reported 300,000 individual donations one supporter asked: ‘I am very disappointed in you Brian Kolfage, where are the progress photographs?’

Another added: ‘Quit talking about it and do it.’ On Twitter another asked: ‘Why no updates on the status of the wall? I have a feeling this is a scam.’

In an apparent attempt to alleviate donor’s concerns the We Build The Wall Inc posted a video to Facebook on Monday appearing to show steel bollards being cut in the factory.

They wrote: ‘Just when we thought that the fake news media couldn’t get more ridiculously desperate, they’re now proving how low they’ll go by claiming that ‘We Build The Wall’ founder, Brian Kolfage, bought a yacht with the GoFundMe money.

‘It takes simple skills to see that the boat he bought and posted photos on Instagram was purchased a YEAR before he began the GoFundMe.’

It’s not clear how this private effort would interact with any federal plans sought by Trump to build a wall with government funds in many of the same areas, or with local building regulations.

On his personal Facebook page Brian, who has been accused of misusing funds he raised in the past, said: ‘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! The ACLU would file a lawsuit to impede our wall success if they knew where and when.

‘But when I guaranteed we’d build the wall I meant it, and we are working with many congressmen and senators to help us mitigate these issues from the left wing attack groups! We are in the homestretch and it’s on a need to know basis.’

Walker points out that the private jet and $600K boat are not the only “red flags”, and that “several Right-of-Center news providers have complained about his ‘news’ site being guilty of straight-up copy-and-past plagiarism, passing off unattributed columns written by other people as though they were his own…. Not exactly the sort of behavior one would call worthy of someone wearing the badge of ‘hero’.”

However, the one example named by Walker is John Prager who, according to tucson.com, has written about Kolfage on the blog Americans Against the Tea Party (AATTP), accusing Kolfage of plagiarizing news stories and posting them on his own websites without attribution. But Americans Against the Tea Party, as its name says, can hardly be considered “Right-of-Center”. Efforts to access the website http://aattp.org/ bring you to a blank page with this cryptic message:

For his part, as reported by tucson.com, Brian Kolfage, in June 2014, filed a defamation lawsuit in Arizona’s Maricopa County Superior Court against “seven defendants in various states who he claims libeled him in Facebook postings accusing him of plagiarism and claiming he’s racist, homophobic and a drug abuser.” John Prager is one of the defendants named in the lawsuit.

According to Daily Mail, another red flag is a claim by Buzzfeed News, which itself is a dubious news site, that the three military hospitals with which Kolfage said his program had worked — Walter Reed, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany — told Buzzfeed they have no record of Kolfage working with them.

For his part, Kolfage says that BuzzFeed “100 percent lied”.

The May 13, 2019 Daily Mail article says Kolfage “lives with his family in the resort community of Sandestin, in Florida’s Panhandle”. Sandestin is a golf and beach resort in Miramar Beach, FL.

In December 2018 when I first wrote about Brian Kolfage, I had noted that his GoFundMe page identified him as being in Miramar, FL, but the address to send check donations is a UPS store in a strip mall in Castle Rock, CO.

But according to Spokeo, there is no Brian Kolfage in all of U.S.A.; and according to TruthFinder, there is no Brian Kolfage in Miramar, Florida, or anywhere in Florida, nor is there a Brian Kolfage in Castle Rock, CO, or anywhere in Colorado. TruthFinder, however, does have two Brian Kolfages:

  1. Brian Gregory Kolfage, 65, born in 1953; lives in and owns a modest home in Dearborn Heights, Michigan; has a small business in Dearborn Heights called Professional Home Care — a medical apparatus and supplies business, with an annual revenue of $1,343,193 and a staff of approximately 10. (Manta)
  2. Brian G. Kolfage, 37, born in 1981; lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and has lived in Dearborn Heights, MI (in 2000); Miramar Beach, FL; Mulberry, FL; San Angelo, TX; Tucson, AZ; and Honolulu, HI. His business and employment history are listed as the same as 65-year-old Brian Gregory Kolfage (his father?) — Professional Home Care in Dearborn Heights.

This 37-year-old Brian G. Kolfage is likely the GoFundMe Brian Kolfage. Why he gives two addresses on GoFundMe (Miramar, FL and Castle Rock, CO), neither of which is his actual residence in Dearborn Heights, MI, is a mystery.

Walker concludes:

It shouldn’t be all that hard to someone in authority to sort out fact from fiction.

After all, how hard should it be for him [Kolfage] to present some receipts, and demonstrate conversation between himself or his designate and the related suppliers or foremen for a project of this scale?

If everything checks out and his project is going forward with the money accounted for? Great.

But if they discover that the patriotism and fear of good people have been leveraged for personal gain, his military service offers him no shield against becoming crooked when he rejoins civilian life.

In that case, Purple Heart or no, throw the book at him.

~Eowyn

Better than Drudge Report. Check out Whatfinger News, the Internet’s conservative frontpage founded by ex-military!

Please follow and like us:
error0
 

20
Leave a Reply

avatar
12 Comment authors
ShawnBarbara McIntoshJackie PuppetSteven BroilesLophatt Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
William
Member
William

I am highly skeptical of every aspect of this. “Brian Kolfage” could be a straw man created by the leftards or just some misguided veteran who saw a way to generate money for a wall and then decided to skim some of it. Either way asking people for money while sailing around in a 600K boat doesn’t set a very good example. He could have made do with, say, a 200K boat and put the rest toward the wall. But if the president can’t get a wall built what makes him think he can? The whole thing could just be… Read more »

Alma
Member
Alma

I don’t believe in donating to GoFundMe, I did once before and NO MORE. My money in my pocket unless it is a legit worthy cause, and then how much legit for my hard earned money.

Kevin Lankford
Member
Kevin Lankford

Off the subject here, but I have been unable to access Fellowship of the Minds since Monday until just now, accept for the last alternative site from the last take-down of this site. Even now I had to google search till I finally found a search result that worked. Still, on my usual book mark link I just get a blank page cept for “Nginx 1.10.0” in the upper left corner. Just wondering if this is an isolated issue of my own and what it means, and if others have experienced the same. Also, it seemed to be instigated by… Read more »

Goldbug
Guest
Goldbug

AATTP.org .. cryptic message: I’m not here .. to be continued? Where is Prager? In Moscow? I don’t trust any GoFundMe’s .. too many of them are gigantic scams.

Auntie Lulu
Guest
Auntie Lulu

I hope that this guy is on the up & up. If it turns out that he is not, then he gets to stand before the judgement bar and answer for duplicitous behavior. I donated and would again, unless it is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is hanky panky going on.

Thomas King
Guest
Thomas King

Just a few caveats: a legitimate fund-raising effort like this would place the money in escrow where the organizers cannot touch it except to turn it over to the U.S. government for purposes of funding wall construction. The organizers should also have in place a mechanism to make any contribution tax deductible – eventually. The fund-raising process, internal controls, and the fund accounts themselves should be audited by a reputable accounting firm and the auditors’ report published. If Mr. Kolfage is not doing these things then I wouldn’t give him a dime.

Lophatt
Member
Lophatt

There are several problems with both his approach to the wall and this idea of “self-funding” a public works project. I am suspicious by nature of people who go to “Go Fund Me” and the like. This guy’s research into his identity is fairly telling. It seems pretty obvious that this is the guy in Michigan. If he lied about that I’m pretty sure he’s lying about the rest. Just as a practical matter, how would you acquire the rights to, and/or permission to build anything down there? Anything you built would have to receive approval. Who would maintain this?… Read more »

Steven Broiles
Member

I am very sorry to read this and I am hoping against hope that it is not true, that there is a misunderstanding somewhere. But the red flags have been raised and the right authority has to investigate this “Brian Kolfage” or whatever his real name is. If it turns out that that authority has probable cause that laws have been broken or if there is any criminal or civil fraud, then prosecution must begin. There must be only ONE level of justice and law, applicable to the President and members of Congress, down to the ordinary man in the… Read more »

Jackie Puppet
Member

While I appreciated the sentiment behind the funding for the building of the wall, I thought this was too ambitious, and difficult for one man to track all the donations to ensure this was going toward the wall

Barbara McIntosh
Guest
Barbara McIntosh

Oh, this is scary. It wasn’t too long ago, he posted a photo of one of Trump’s Presidential Campaign’s participants (White House employee) who was helping … plus the Midwest sheriff who was conservative joined on his team. I’ve donated normal amounts twice and believed what I was reading/seeing. This is like a stab in the heart. I’ve noticed he has not commented since these recent questions either.

Barbara McIntosh
Guest
Barbara McIntosh

I’ve found this posting by Brian Kolfage on this website: buildthewall @ Instagram…posting 5 days ago.

Barbara McIntosh
Guest
Barbara McIntosh

I found a comment from Brian Kolfage from 5 days ago at Instagram…Build the Wall

Barbara McIntosh
Guest
Barbara McIntosh

I found a website @ ‘Build the Wall’ on Instagram about the wall-building publicity/participants.

Barbara McIntosh
Guest
Barbara McIntosh

Look at ‘BuildtheWall’ websi

Shawn
Guest
Shawn

Just saying. That is not a $600,000.00 boat.