The GoFundMe, “We The People Will Fund The Wall” was started by 37-year-old veteran Brian Kolfage.
Kolfage was a triple-amputee, injured while serving in Iraq with the U.S. Air Force.
He was inspired by a persistent dissatisfaction with the lack of action by politicians, according to Kolfage.
“I was frustrated with our political leaders and what they’re doing — their broken promises and dragging things on,” Kolfage told The Arizona Republic Sunday.
“I thought having the GoFundMe would allow people to come together on the internet to show support for what they wanted. Raising this kind of money shows how important this is and that people want to support it.”
Donations quickly came in, toppling Kolfage’s expectations by raising millions of dollars each day.
The total surpassed $16 million from more than 264,000 people as of Sunday.
“I knew it would be big, but never that fast,” he said. “It just ignited.”
The fundraiser has a $1 billion goal — the largest in GoFundMe’s history.
The goal is one-fifth of the $5 billion President Donald Trump is demanding from Congress in a budget standoff that led to federal government shutdown.