Amazon will soon let you make campaign contributions through your Alexa device

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On Thursday, you’ll be able to make campaign donations to 2020 presidential candidates through your Amazon Alexa devices — or at least to those candidates whom Amazon deems eligible to set up an account.

If a campaign chooses to sign up for Alexa donations, you’ll be able to donate to it by merely saying, “Alexa, I want to make a political contribution,” or “Alexa, donate [amount] to [candidate name].” All donations will be processed through Amazon Pay, and users will receive email receipts for their contributions as well.

Strangely, the feature is only available to 2020 presidential candidates Amazon defines as “principal campaign committees.” It’s not apparent who Amazon considers…

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