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Washington Post reporter tries to get viral border wall GoFundMe campaign yanked

As we reported earlier, triple amputee veteran Brian Kolfage started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for President Trump’s southern border wall.  The campaign went viral and as of this writing has raised just under $11 million.  According to GoFundMe, this would make Kolfage’s effort the third-highest fundraiser of the year.

Apparently this didn’t sit too well with Washington Post tech reporter Tony Romm, who reached out to GoFundMe in an apparent effort to get the campaign yanked.

“So there’s an effort on GoFundMe to raise cash money for a border wall. Has more than $5M in donations (seeking $1B) and claims to have contacts in the Trump admin (have asked for more). But it got me thinking: is that, like, allowed on the site?” he posted on Twitter.

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“GoFundMe terms prohibit attempts to raise cash money rooted in ‘intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases,’ among other limits,” he added.

He wasn’t finished, and was reportedly told by GoFundMe the campaign does not violate their standards.

“So I asked GoFundMe if this wall fundraiser violates that. Spox: ‘This campaign does not violate our terms of service. The funds are safely held by our payment processor and we will work with the organizer to transfer funds’ or return them if target isn’t met,” he said in a third tweet.

https://twitter.com/TonyRomm/status/1075814851015008256

https://twitter.com/TonyRomm/status/1075815072017072129

He then wondered if it was even legal for the campaigners to even discuss this with the Trump administration:

https://twitter.com/TonyRomm/status/1075815653200850944

Kolfage noted on the campaign that this is not unprecedented, stating: “The government has accepted large private donations before, most recently a billionaire donated $7.5 Million  to fund half of the Washington Monument repairs in 2012; this is no different.”

Of course that was during Obama’s term in the White House, so naturally the rules would be different.

The Gateway Pundit’s Kristinn Taylor took Romm to task and compared his actions to those of the “Cultural Revolution” in Communist China:

After being outed for his attempt, Romm posted: “the state of our discourse is such that this thread — which merely explores the funding campaign in the context of the site’s ToS — is a political lightning rod. somehow the most boring legalese has turned into a rallying cry for a certain set of users to go on the attack”

https://twitter.com/TonyRomm/status/1075868444598460417

Poor baby…

The campaign, which can be seen here, continues to go strong, despite efforts by detractors like Romm.

For those who didn’t catch the link above, you can click HERE to see the GoFundMe page.

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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