Border wall GoFundMe organizers plan private build as donors offered refunds

(www.theguardian.com)

The organizers of a GoFundMe campaign to fund the construction of a wall along the southern US border have scrapped plans to hand $20m over to the federal government and plan to build the wall privately instead.

“The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon,” organizers said in a Friday update for the campaign which by Saturday afternoon had raised more than $20.3m from nearly 340,000 donors.

This is interesting. While I am not particularly in agreement that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will reduce undocumented migration or the trafficking of contraband materials, a campaign like this would be a good way to judge actual interest in the idea. $20-million is a sliver of what is being asked for by Trump, but to get that sort of buy-in from 340K people is nothing to sneeze at. That works out to about $60 per person.