GoFundMe raises nearly $5 million for Trump's border wall

A GoFundMe campaign has raised nearly $5 million for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE's proposed border wall as of midday Thursday.

The founder of the fundraising effort, Brian Kolfage, wrote on the page that he believes "it's up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling." 


Kolfage, who is a triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient, according to the page, said he launched the GoFundMe shortly after a New York Post opinions article last week posed the question, "Why hasn't someone made a GoFundMe for Trump's wall?" 

As of Thursday, the campaign had received donations from 75,803 people in three days to a total of $4,645,874. The campaign first broke $1 million on Wednesday night. 

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

Kolfage wrote that he had contacted the Trump administration "to secure a point of contact where all funds will go upon completion," adding, "We have many very high level contacts already helping." 

The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment and questions about whether Kolfage has been in touch with Trump administration officials.

The fundraiser's total continued to climb on Wednesday after the White House dropped its demand that $5 billion for Trump's border wall be included in a government funding bill.

The White House this week began discussing other funding options.

On Wednesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' MORE (R-Ky.) indicated he will move a stopgap measure funding the government until Feb. 8.

“As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today,” Kolfage wrote. He added that 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." 

More than a third of Republicans surveyed in a new poll said they would contribute their own money to privately fund Trump's border wall, according to a poll released Tuesday by conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports. 

This post was updated Thursday at 12:05 p.m.