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A bill just introduced in the state Legislature would permit a new type of campaign contribution: donations via text message.
Assemb. Kenneth Zebrowski (D-New City) sponsored the bill. He proposed that no single contribution exceed $10 and that no contributor can donate more than nine times to a candidate or campaign committee per election cycle. And such donations are limited to individuals – no corporation or political-action committee would be allowed to donate through a text.
Notably, the bill would exempt text-message donations from record-keeping and campaign-disclosure requirements.
“This legislation will encourage more involvement in the political process from individual voters by utilizing available technology,” the Rockland County assemblyman said in a memo accompanying the bill. “The inclusion of text messaging as a form of contributions opens the political process up to everyone at an affordable level of support."
There is no Senate sponor at this point, meaning the bill has only a small chance of passage before the June 21 adjournment of the legislative session.