Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search
11 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies

dawg day

(7,947 posts)
1. If you go to their campaigns, they'll be taking the donations through Act Blue.
Mon Nov 30, 2020, 02:20 PM
Nov 2020

Here's Warnock's:
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/warnock-for-georgia_web?refcode=website&amount=5

You can choose to leave a "tip" for Act Blue's operational expenses, but I think everything else goes to the campaign.

I don't know about the best date. Sometimes the campaign will have a "matching donation", and that's probably the most effective time.

NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
3. I hope that nobody is doing a "split-your-donation" gimmick...
Mon Nov 30, 2020, 02:34 PM
Nov 2020

... the one where the person or group doing the mailing gets to keep 30% (or something) per donation. I've seen that a lot recently. A politician or organization uses their mailing list to ostensibly raise money for a specific candidate (or candidates) but as a reward for their efforts, the fine print reveals that they're going to keep part of your donation for themselves.

That kind of grifting is dishonest and should be banned. It may not be technically illegal (since they DO inform the donor in very fine print... with light-gray text on a white background, probably.) But I can tell you that I think it's ethically wrong. If the organizations and politicians want to help raise money on someone else's behalf, then they should give 100% to the candidate (or cause) without keeping a little "vig" off the top.

beastie boy

(9,679 posts)
7. I just got one of these from 314 Action.
Mon Nov 30, 2020, 02:59 PM
Nov 2020

It was one of the reasons I decided to ask before donating.

Thanks for the warning!

George II

(67,782 posts)
8. The funny thing is that those who claim the most they want to "get money out of politics"....
Mon Nov 30, 2020, 03:07 PM
Nov 2020

....are those who do that.

Usually the email/message reads something like "split $10 between XXX, YYY, ZZZ and one other group"! You have to go to the link or even a second link sometimes to find out who that "one other group" is. Invariably it's for someone who isn't even running yet!!

NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
9. It's just so sleazy and underhanded. It really reveals much about the politicians or organizations...
Mon Nov 30, 2020, 04:05 PM
Nov 2020

It's just so sleazy and underhanded. It really reveals much about the politicians or organizations that would stoop to such tricks. As I said before, I'm sure it's all perfectly "legal" in the strictest sense of the word, but something that's technically legal isn't always necessarily ethical.

Usually the email/message reads something like "split $10 between XXX, YYY, ZZZ and one other group"! You have to go to the link or even a second link sometimes to find out who that "one other group" is.
Yep, well hidden.

Caveat Emptor ... let the buyer beware.

beastie boy

(9,679 posts)
6. Thank you. I know the info I am asking for has been posted before, but
Mon Nov 30, 2020, 02:58 PM
Nov 2020

I didn't know where to look for it. Much appreciated

Latest Discussions»General Discussion»What is the best way to d...