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Harris County GOP asks for state approval to solicit campaign donations via text message
Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012, 06:27PM CST
By Steve Miller

A Republican political committee has asked the Texas Ethics Commission to decide if it can receive small-scale political contributions via text message, as is done in California and Maryland.

The Harris County Republicans posed the question in a 72-page request that includes examples of previously approved rules.

The group would use a smartphone app that identifies phone contacts who are registered voters in a given area.

The app then has a window that permits one-touch calls or emails to the voter. If the voter is amenable to the idea of texting a contribution, the process is completed.

The contribution would be added to the donor’s wireless bill, and the committee would receive the money minus a transaction fee.

The app is designed by Harris County Republicans director Robert Flanagan, who said the technology will help candidates contact voters throughout the wide reaches of Harris County.

Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or

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