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April 21, 2014

Texas: Commission OKs Campaign Donation Texting at State Level

The Texas Ethics Commission gave its blessing Thursday to campaign donations via text messaging in state races, according to a website run by the Republican attorney who pushed for the change.

There was no set limit on donations in the commission’s opinion, but phone companies usually are inclined to limit text donations to the $5-$10 range.

The attorney behind the effort, Jerad Najvar, and others say they hope this will help the GOP compete with the Democrats in digital technology.

“Texas is now the third state to approve text donations to statewide political campaigns,” Washington-based GOP digital strategist Peter Pasi said. “I think momentum is building to approve it in more [states] in advance of the 2014 elections. What’s significant is that this request came from a Republican group, thus dispelling the notion that text-to-donate is the exclusive realm of Democrats.”

But leading up to the TEC’s opinion, some¬†progressives in the state were also on board.

Maryland and California have previously implemented text-donation policies.

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