FEC Gives Progressives a Boost: You Can Donate to Campaigns By Text Message
Thanks to a new ruling by the Federal Election Commission, citizens can text in donations to political campaigns in 2012. Because many Americans who don't have personal computers access the internet and communicate via their smartphones, this decision opens up a new avenue for small donors.
Sp while it may not quite be the campaign finance equivalent of empowering America's Davids in the David-versus-Goliath struggle against big money flowing intp political campaigns (that would be public financing), progressive groups in coalition had petitioned the FEC to allow the text donations.
It certainly will take a lot of texts to match the million-dollar checks from the handful of billionaires backing GOP super PACs and poltical non-profits. But according to the advocacy group Public Campaign, which supports public financing of elections, it is significant step forward to rebalance our very unbalanced electoral playing field.
“With billionaires and super PACs drowning out the voices of hardworking Americans, text message campaign contributions can enhance the role of small donors and, combined with public matching funds, could provide a megaphone for the masses,” said Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Public Campaign. “The FEC did the right thing today.”