The Florida men seem to be involved in many of the strange events they involve The snakes, CrocodilesAnd Restaurant break in That when the "Florida Man" Twitter account appeared again in 2013, it became Instant sensation.
But GoFundMe fundraiser for five days for border wall Donald Trump by a Florida man started looking like a joke. With an ambitious $ 1bn billion target, it has already earned nearly $ 13 million from more than 200,000 people since its launch on Sunday. GoFundMe campaigns do not have deadlines.
Where the accumulated land of money will land is the question looming. The man behind the campaign, Brian Calvag, previously ran conspiracy theories, along with a Facebook page called Right Wing News, which was closed by Facebook in October.
Colvag, also a US veteran who served in Iraq and lost his legs and arm, speaks of public service on his GoFundMe page. He also says he was on Fox News "several times, [so] You can see that I am credible and a real person. "Meanwhile, he did not mention anything about his media projects, and told NBC New yesterday that he does not do so"Want to be distractedTo potential donors.
More worrying is some of the allegations made by Kolfage on the page, including that 100 percent of their donations will go to the Trump wall, when there is no clear mechanism to allow such funds to be transferred at the moment. Congress will have to pass a law to allow it. Kolfage writes: "How do we get the money to the right place?" We have called Trump to secure a point of contact where all the money will be completed when we are done.
The page also tells visitors that the US government has accepted large donations from private investors in the past, and links them with The Story of About billionaire David Rubinstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, who donated $ 7.5 million to repair cracks near the Washington Monument. What the GoFundMe campaign does not explain is that Congress was behind this particular initiative, with $ 7.5 million being allocated for reforms provided that private donations match the same amount. In fact, many government agencies accept compatible gifts from private donors, including the National Endowment for Humanity. But the idea is to double the impact of government-led initiatives through those contributions, not to invite donors to dictate initiatives themselves. In his capacity as American Representative Bob Godlatt, a Republican from Virginia and Chairman of the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives, Told the New York Post yesterday"It is clear that we can not allow citizens to raise money and say," The government will spend my money for this purpose. "
Given that about a third of Americans of voting age are known as Republicans, Thirds Who seem to support Trump's push for a border wall, the $ 1 billion goal of Calvag does not seem quite strange. The campaign has already received a $ 50,000 donation, and if it gets more momentum, others may see it as a direct way to review their financial and political muscle.
In fact, at some point, the campaign, if it continues to gain momentum, can start to raise questions, except whether people are smart to send their money to Calvag or not. Specifically, although it is illegal to allow the government to accept donations with the attached strings, can we see the day when US citizens are able to exercise power as much as lobbyists by meeting on financial platforms such as GoFundMe? Although any amount of money associated with the GoFundMe campaign in Kolfage will require the government to build a border wall, Republican lawmakers have already introduced bills seeking to allow the Treasury to accept public donations for funding. The bills are unlikely to go anywhere as soon as the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives next month, but they may pave the way for future legislation.
In the meantime, it would be useful to see what happens to Collage and the millions of dollars he has collected. As noted in a report released yesterday, the GoFundMe Terms of Service prohibit "non-use of funds for its stated purpose", meaning that if the government can not find a way to work with Kolfage, it may have to compensate donors. Or, at least, GoFundMe – who has not responded to our requests for comment – may be overloaded.
This will not be the first time that the platform has to return funds to donors to the campaign.
Just last month, a couple from New Jersey and a homeless man They were accused The story-maker raised more than $ 400,000 through GoFundMe, the money that is said to have been spent on a car, trips, high-end handbags, and casinos. The couple and the man now face charges of second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception. GoFundMe announced that it will fully reimburse the campaign's 14,000 donors.
In the above image: a shopping center in Castle Rock, Colorado, where donors to Kolfage's GoFundMe campaign are asked to send their checks.