Obama Campaign Accepting Text Message Donations

08/23/2012 08:18 am ET

President Barack Obama's campaign announced in a press release Thursday that it will become the first U.S. political campaign to accept small dollar donations via text messages.

"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 re-elected in November," said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.

The move follows Federal Election Commission opinions issued earlier this summer permitting such donations.

Obama supporters wishing to donate via text message can text “GIVE” to 62262. The service is available this week for those who have Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular as their carriers. AT&T customers will be able to text donations in the "near future," the press release said.

Donations are capped at $50, and donors will be charged via cellphone bill.

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