Because PayPal is simple to set up and administer, many of our clients are interested in using the service for political fundraising.
Although it does not specialize in political contributions, PayPal does provide resources and instructions for users who want to do political fundraising. These resources are helpful to any local candidates who want to raise money online. There’s even a section for collecting mobile donations.
There are a few ways to process contributions via PayPal. The most common method is to process single donations through generated donation buttons and links. To enable donors to contribute to your campaign or PAC on a regular schedule, you can implement PayPal recurring donations by utilizing the Subscribe button. PayPal’s Custom Payment Pages feature gives you the ability to tailor your payment pages to the style of your political organization’s website, providing donors with a seamless payment experience.
Here are the basic steps for accepting campaign contributions through PayPal:
1) Create a campaign bank account.
2) Sign up for a PayPal Business Account.
a. Select Nonprofit as the business type
b. Select Political as the subcategory
3) Confirm that your political campaign account is a nonprofit,. You will need to submit a tax letter from the IRS and a bank statement or voided check in the name of your organization, along with your PayPal email account and contact details, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Add a Donate button to your campaign’s website. Use the button designer on PayPal.com to create your button, then simply copy and paste the resulting code into your site.
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Do open your account early, as there’s some verification to complete before your account can be set up!
Note that your organization will be responsible for gathering donor information, such as employer and occupation, and obtaining permission from donors before sending future marketing outreach.
Unfortunately, PayPal does not provide a form to collect employer and occupation information from the donor. This information is required for every Federal race and most other political elections.
Online Candidate’s built-in donation form for allows for PayPal integration and will collect required data for you before sending the donor to PayPal to complete the transaction.
- Political Fundraising with PayPal
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- Download PayPal’s Frequently Asked Questions Sheet
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