AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s a case of the warring GoFundMe campaigns.
On Dec. 16, Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee veteran from Florida started a fundraising campaign to raise money to fund the “Trump Wall” on the US-Mexico border. The move came as the government was poised for shutdown after Congress and the White House were at odds about funding for the wall.
KXAN reached out to Kolfage for an interview and have not yet heard back.
Since its inception, the campaign has raised more than $16.5 million, as of 10 a.m. Monday, with more than 271,000 people contributing to it. The campaign, that initially raised several millions of dollars a day, slowed in growth by Christmas Eve.
In response to the “We The People Fund The Wall” campaign, a satirical fundraising campaign was started by an army veteran from Texas, Charlotte Clymer, now living in Washington, D.C. to fund “Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall.” The campaign has a $100 million goal and raised more than $141,000 in four days.
“If this (campaign) seems ludicrous, we welcome you to the coalition of reasonable adults,” Clymer wrote. “This GoFundMe isn’t really about ladders at all. It’s about lifting people up.”
Should the campaign not reach its goal, Clymer writes that the funds raised will go to Texas-based non-profit, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).
Clymer lists herself as a member of the communications team of the Human Rights Campaign and instructs people to send along “misspelled remarks full of racist vitriol,” to her Twitter handle.
“I think it’s the symbolism of the wall more than anything,” Clymer told KXAN,” Kind of meant to poke fun at the absurdity of the wall and the hatred behind it.”