There are two methods available to you through 4Me2Win for soliciting on-line contributions.
Probably the easiest of the two methods is to provide a printable form with necessary
FEC (Federal Election Commision) reporting data, particularly the employer and occupation
information.  The form will include the mailing address of the candidate's headquarters
and mailing instructions.  Included with the form will be the doner's check, or you may
choose to optionally collect the donor's credit card information so that the campaign can
debit the credit card transaction the day the form is received.  The main drawback when
a check is used with this method is that the campaign does not receive the contribution until
the check has been cleared by the bank.  The following is an example of a printable
The second method consists of an on-line form that accepts the donor's credit card information
and personal identifying information.  This is done via a web technology known as SSL
(Secure Socket Layer) which meets the highest industry standard for secure e-commerce transactions
and provides a secure on-line credit card transaction.  Contributions are protected by
encrypting the credit card data and the contributor's personal information.  The easiest way
you can tell if the HTML pages supporting the credit card transaction is secure is by the URL.
You will see "https://" at the beginning of the URL if the page is secure, as opposed to the usual
4Me2Win provides two options that incorporates online contributions accepting Visa, MasterCard,
Discover, and American Express cards.  Both options charge per transaction, and do not require
additional up front fees or setup fees.  They are as follows:
- Aristotle Campaign Contributions provides
the most complete package for accepting secure online donations from your supporters.  With
this service, you will have a customized form that will match your website design, receive
automatic notifications when a contribution has been received, and generate online reports with
graphs, that list all contributions matching your specifications.
Aristotle's Direct Credit Card Processing (DCCP) system allows your organization to deposit by
phone or mail to your account dontations that you receive from contributers.  This service
also allows you to manage your support information with 100% FEC compliant software.
Also, all contributions are matched against a U.S Registered Voter File of 157 million voters to
give you an aggregated demographic profile of your contributors in graphic format.  This
information will help you refine your campaign with highly targeted banner ads and emails to
drive similar supporters to your website.  This service is provided to registered political
organizations.  Some states voter files are restricted to politicalluses and will only be
made available to bona fide political organizations for such purpose.  For further details
on restrictions and eligibility, call (800) 243-4401.
Another important feature with Aristotle is a screening service which alerts you to apossibly
embarrassing contributions that you may prefer not to accept.  The name of each contributor
is screened against the U.S Registered Votor File and you will be alerted to names to which there
is no match.  This service will help you identify contributors that may not be a citizen or
may even be a convicted felon.  Again, this service is limited to bona fide political
The price for this service is 10% of the transaction amount plus a $2 transaction fee.  Click
here for an example of the form used for this service.
- Paypal provides a similar method for collecting credit
card contributions online, is secure, FEC compliant, and charges only 2.9% of the transaction
amount plus a $.30 transaction fee.  Paypal also maintains detailed transaction records
required for FEC compliance.  If contributor screening is not a requirement for your
campaign, this is a good affordable option.  Click here
for an example of the form used for this service.