Caitlyn Jenner is using a campaign fundraising trick from former President Donald Trump's playbook that commits donors to recurring payments. The strategy has been criticized for tricking donors into giving more than they intended. — Sarah Al-Arshani, Business Insider Reporter
Caitlyn Jenner is using a campaign fundraising trick from former President Donald Trump's playbook that commits donors to recurring payments. The strategy has been criticized for tricking donors into giving more than they intended. — Sarah Al-Arshani, Business Insider Reporter
Caitlyn Jenner is using a campaign fundraising trick from Trump's playbook that commits donors to recurring payments
  • Donors to Trump's election campaign were hit with pre-checked recurring monthly donations.
  • The campaign tactic has been denounced by election officials.
  • The tactic is now being used by California gubernatorial candidates Caitlyn Jenner and Doug Ose.
Jenner, alongside former Rep. Doug Ose, who are both running as Republicans in California's recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom, have pre-checked boxes on their donation pages that sign contributors to make monthly payments to their campaigns.

A New York Times investigation found that Trump used a tactic where recurring donation boxes were pre-checked at the bottom of fundraising emails. Contributors had to opt-out, instead of opt-in, for the recurring charges.

The ploy was named the "money-bomb" and it left campaign finance experts stunned, Insider's Grace Panetta reported.

While it's unclear if the tactic is illegal, it's been condemned by federal election officials, Politico reported.

The strategy has been criticized for tricking donors into giving more than they intended.


The Federal Election Commission recently asked Congress to make it law that campaigns have to get "opt-in" agreements from contributors before they could make monthly donations. The commission said many donors do not realize when recurring charge boxes are pre-checked, Politico reported.

... The former athlete and reality television star has only voted in only about a third of the elections she was eligible to vote in since 2000.
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