Obama's staffers to use Square mobile in fundraising

President Obama's re-election campaign donations can now be processed with smartphones using Square mobile.

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It's no secret that President Obama is a fan of technology.

Just this past month, he joined Instagram , visited Intel to discuss high-tech manufacturing jobs, made plans to have a Google+ video chat with voters, and his wife, Michelle Obama, joined Twitter .

Now, he is beginning to use Square mobile to process his re-election campaign donations, according to Politico.

Obama's headquarters staff, field organizers, and volunteers will all be given Square mobile credit card readers, which will let them receive campaign donations through their smartphones.

"The rollout will happen nationwide, and involve staff at all levels," wrote Politico.

The reason the Obama re-election campaign choose to go the tech-route with donation processing is simply to save staff time. Politico reports that hundreds of man-hours are typically spent processing donations.

"Square has been used by a handful of local political campaigns, but the Obama campaign's adoption is the first national political adoption of the technology," Politico wrote.

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Dara Kerr is a staff writer for CNET focused on the sharing economy and tech culture. She grew up in Colorado where she developed an affinity for collecting fool's gold and spirit animals.

 

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