The disabled Air Force veteran who led a $25 million fundraising effort for the U.S.-Mexico border wall has pleaded guilty to charges of defrauding donors.
Veteran Brian Kolfage plead guilty Thursday in federal court to charges of having funneled over $350,000 in donations toward personal expenses including home renovations and car payments.
Kolfage, who lost three limbs serving in Iraq, told donors he would not take a cut of the donations or a salary.
Kolfage, in partnership with Andrew Badolato, Timothy Shea, and with the help of Steve Bannon, created “We Build the Wall,” a large scale crowdfunding effort started in 2018 with the stated goal of helping the federal government complete the full southern border wall.
During the videoconference hearing in the Southern District of New York, Kolfage told a judge that he had siphoned off money for himself and also pleaded guilty to tax crimes because he did not report that income.
He told U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres that the mission ran into barriers in meeting its initial goal of subsidizing the construction of the border wall, but that he “continued to raise funds and promised I would take no salary and would not take a penny in profits.”
As part of his plea deal, Kolfage has agreed to forfeit more than $17 million collected during the period of fundraising. He is facing up to five years in prison.
Badalato also pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and is facing up to more than four years in prison. Both men are expected to be sentenced in September.
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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