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Obama Campaign Announces Text Donations Are Online Beginning This Week

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 23 2012

The Obama campaign announced this morning that it has begun offering supporters the opportunity to send donations via text message. Beginning with Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular customers starting this week, supporters can give small donations — up to $50 a month for most carriers, according to a release from the campaign — by texting "GIVE" to a five-digit shortcode number put into use by the campaign. Read More

Why Digital Politics Pros are Still Skeptical About Mobile Donations

BY Christian Bourge | Thursday, July 12 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Despite a June ruling from the Federal Election Commission approving a new scheme for accepting political donations via text message, political fundraising consultants and campaign technology experts are unsure that SMS donations — heralded as a boon for nonprofits — will be ready for use this election cycle.

And read on for: Four projects Republicans and Democrats should watch for other ways to raise money via mobile phone.

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How Political Donations by Text Message Might Work

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 8 2012

The Federal Election Commission is expected today or Monday to release an advisory opinion about a company that proposes to collect political donations by text message, something that campaigns have long hoped to be able to accomplish. By all accounts, the FEC is on the verge of approving political donations via text. Read More

Things You Probably Won't See in 2012: Ubiquitous, Easy Political Donations Via SMS

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 25 2011

Ben Smith points us to this piece by Sam Stein, in which Stein documents the ongoing quest by political campaigns for easy contributions via text message. The short version is, don't wait up for mobile political giving ... Read More