Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Political Contributions Via Text...

For the past several years, the FCC and the various wireless services companies have worked to allow their users to donate money to specific causes (tsunami relief, to the Red Cross, etc).  Now those who want you money the most are getting in on the action.

The Federal Election Commission ruled on Monday that political campaigns will be allowed to use the system to donate small dollar amounts to their candidate or cause of choice.  The maximum allowed donation will be $50, which is also the federal limit for an anonymous donation. 

One one hand, this is a sign that the political process (one that is always lagging in embracing the latest trends) is finally catching on to how people actually operate.  I think they saw the millions raised by the Red Cross and other organizations and decided they wanted a piece of that.  On the other hand, it is yet another way for the politicians to get your money.  Granted, you don't have to donate. But they are going to get your money one way or another eventually, so you might as well put it somewhere that you have the illusion of control.