Originally published: August 23, 2012
Last updated: August 23, 2012 - 9:23pm
President Obama's campaign announced that it would become the first political campaign to accept donations via text message, with supporters able to make contributions up to $50 per cellphone billing cycle by firing off a quick text.
Supporters can make the donations by texting "GIVE" to 62262 — numbers that correspond to the spelling of "Obama" using a telephone keypad. “Grassroots giving is powering this campaign,” said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina in a statement. “Accepting small donations by text message will help us engage even more grassroots supporters who want to play a role by donating whatever they can afford to the campaign — and get the president reelected in November.” The campaign said that the service should be immediately available for subscribers to Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular. Other carriers — including AT&T, the nation's second largest wireless provider — are expected to enable the service soon.
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