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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
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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.

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Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or stevemiller@texaswatchdog.org.

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