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Romney Campaign to Test Out Square Tonight

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 31 2012

As Nick Bilton noted last night, the Mitt Romney campaign plans to test out Square for fund-raising at a Florida event tonight. A spokeswoman for Barack Obama's re-election campaign told us yesterday that Obama campaign staffers and select volunteers around the country would be getting the devices, which attach to mobile phones and work as credit card readers, as well as custom software that collects the information necessary for donations to be compliant with Federal Election Commission requirements.

Bilton:

Mitt Romney’s campaign plans to announced a similar Republican-themed Square application on Tuesday that will allow campaign officials to collect donations on a smartphone.

Zac Moffatt, digital director for the Romney campaign, said the Romney team planned to experiment with the Square donation process “as a beta test” on Tuesday night during the primary election.

“We’re going to be testing it in Florida tomorrow night to see how it works and then hope to roll it out to the rest of the country,” Mr. Moffatt said. “Anything that reduces the barrier to donate is going to help us with our supporters.”

The Romney campaign passes along screenshots of the iPhone version of their app:

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