Smartphone App Lets Candidates Recieve Online Contributions

CFB-Certified Smartphone App Lets Candidates Receive Credit Card Contributions

Campaign contributions? There’s an app for that.

The city Campaign Finance Board today rolled out a new smartphone tool that lets donors give candidates for major offices contributions by credit card.

Candidates for mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president and City Council can receive the donations after setting up an account with the new NYC Votes app. (Update: Contenders can sign up to use the app regardless of whether they’ve opted into the CFB’s public funding program.)

Voter Assistance Advisory Committee Chair Art Chang — whose firm, Tipping Point Partners, helped design the app — said it “has the potential to transform the way voters interact with their government” — particularly the younger, tech-savvy set.

“We hope that this platform will inform and motivate New Yorkers to vote and stay engaged throughout the year,” Chang said in a release.

On the candidate side, NYC Votes says the app will help encourage city donors to make the small contributions that qualify for public matching funds.

The second phase of the app, a “Voter Engagement” tool, goes online later this summer. It will provide information about where to vote and the candidates’ platforms.

Visit the website to learn more about the 2013 elections and the app.

Bonus: Here’s the June edition of NYCCFB’s Full Disclosure if (gasp!) you missed it.

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