Wireless Carriers Balk At Campaign Contributions by Text
Worried About Liability in Identity Verification
A report by Reuters
this week indicates that wireless carriers are fighting back at new efforts to require that they allow political campaign contributions by text message. The effort is backed by both the Romney and Obama campaigns (obviously), and by consumer advocates and campaign finance reform groups, who claim text message donations would allow individuals to collectively gain a degree of power in a contribution space dominated by corporations and Super PACs. Carriers however are concerned about "an array of liability and regulatory issues" that could arise from the new changes, claims Reuters
. Carriers are particularly concerned with their liability for correctly determining donors' eligibility to contribute to a campaign, such as whether the donor is a grandmother from Illinois -- or a Super PAC in disguise.