Inside Steve Bannon's Alleged Scheme To Fleece Trump Voters Who Wanted A Border Wall - 2020-08-20
In stepped Steve Bannon, fresh off a seven-month stint in Trump's White House and a key role in the president's 2016 campaign. He provided We Build the Wall with the much-needed nonprofit organization and so much more: strategic guidance, plugs in conservative media and the stamp of approval from someone in Trumpworld. He also enlisted several prominent far-right figures for a 2019 Arizona event to promote the scheme.
Bannon helped launch an endeavor Donald Trump Jr. called "private enterprise at its finest." That story ended Thursday with a wide-ranging federal indictment charging Bannon, Kolfage and two alleged co-conspirators with defrauding donors to We Build the Wall.
The indictment alleges that some donors contacted Kolfage and said that, although they did not have a lot of money, "they were giving what they could because they trusted" the group to use it on a border wall. Instead, Bannon and his co-conspirators used the money to subsidize a lavish lifestyle of speedboats, cars, cosmetic surgery and travel, according to federal prosecutors. HuffPost interviewed some of the donors on Thursday who now feel "taken."