Amazon To Enable Political Donations Via Alexa

From Amazon’s corporate blog:

Customers rely on Alexa to answer all sorts of questions throughout the day —from sports scores and state capitals to nutrition facts and the latest current events. During the midterm elections last fall, customers asked Alexa a multitude of questions, including “Alexa, when are the polls open?”, “Alexa, who is winning in New York?” and more.

As the 2020 U.S. Presidential election nears, we’ll be building on last year’s election experience and adding even more ways for Alexa to provide the information that matters most to you this election cycle—including support for new questions and features to keep you up to speed.

Today, we announced the first new Alexa elections feature—beginning tomorrow 2020 U.S. Presidential Candidates can sign up to receive campaign contributions via Alexa. All candidates are invited to make use of this technology—on-boarding is simple and doesn’t require any technical experience.

Starting next month, customers will be able to simply say, “Alexa, donate to [candidate name]” to contribute up to $200 to any participating candidate’s campaign fundraising efforts. Alexa Political Contributions is powered by Amazon Pay, which uses the payment information associated with your Amazon account to complete the donation request.