FEC Shoots Down Proposal For Texted Campaign Contributions

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In addition, the opinion noted that the cell phone companies would not segregate the funds in a separate account, which is required by the FEC, and would not forward the contributions to political committees within mandated time limits. The FEC requires that contributions under $50 be forwarded within 30 days, and within 10 days if the contribution is over $50. The CTIA proposal would not forward the contribution until the cell phone user paid his bill.

"The [FEC] is stuck in a rotary-dial set of rules," said Scott Thomas, reacting to the opinion, "applying them to the iPhone real world."

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But he also he was optimistic that the wireless industry could introduce enough 'certifications, warnings and transactions limits" to satisfy the FEC. "I do think the wireless industry can find a way to reformat their proposal, develop needed protections, and ultimately get approval for texted donations."

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