Amazon’s Alexa Will Allow You to Donate to Presidential Candidates

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The latest from Amazon’s personal assistant – donating to presidential candidates.

“Starting next month, customers will be able to simply say, ‘Alexa, donate to [candidate name]’ to contribute up to $200 to any participating candidate’s campaign fundraising efforts,” Amazon announced on its company blog. All donations will be processed through Amazon Pay, and users will receive email receipts for their contributions as well.

According to Amazon, “2020 U.S. Presidential Candidates can sign up to receive campaign contributions via Alexa” starting on September 19, and signing up “doesn’t require any technical experience.” If you’d like to prevent “unintended donations,” you can set up a 4-digit passcode—or turn off voice purchases altogether.

Strangely, the feature is only available to 2020 presidential candidates Amazon defines as “principal campaign committees.”

Beyond the contributions, the e-tailer said, it will offer neutral, unbiased, nonpartisan information about the candidates, available via voice requests.

“We aim to provide the most relevant, accurate, and timely information about elections and candidates,” the company said.

For donations, Amazon said, you must have voice purchasing enabled via the Alexa smartphone app and a credit card on file. As for the presidential candidates or their staffs, they need to register for a merchant account with Amazon in order to accept the money.

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