Should I Use a Credit Card to Donate to a Political Campaign?

It's quick and easy, but your candidate's campaign will have to pay fees that reduce the impact of your donation.
Lindsay KonskoSep 24, 2020

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Got a political candidate you want to back with a donation? It's pretty much a given that their campaign accepts credit cards (it would be crazy not to). The question is whether that's the best way to show your support. While convenient for you, credit card donations will cost the campaign a few cents on the dollar.

The easiest way to make a credit card donation is to visit the campaign's website. You'll be asked to provide your card info, as well as agree to a statement saying it's legal for you to donate (you're old enough, you're a citizen or lawful permanent resident, and so on).

In-person credit-card donations are possible as well. As far back as 2012, presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had Square credit card readers in operation at their events to take donations on the spot, and some campaign workers carried them as they went door to door, too.

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