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Signing up for Alexa Political Contributions

You can get ready to use Amazon Pay for accepting political donations on Alexa in just a few steps. Here's a quick summary of what you need to do, followed by the details:

  • Before you start: Collect the information you need for registering.
  • Sign up: Open your Amazon Payments Merchant account.
  • Register as a merchant: Add your campaign information on the Seller Central website.

Before you start

Only the principal campaign committees of 2020 U.S. presidential candidates are eligible to accept donations through Alexa Political Contributions using Amazon Pay. You must have a U.S.-based street address, a U.S.-based bank account, a credit card associated with a U.S. street address, and a U.S.-based phone number. You also need to have a valid website with a privacy policy and have filed FEC Forms 1 and 2.

If your campaign meets the above qualifications, you're all set to register for Amazon Pay.

Collect the information listed below before you start the registration process so you'll be ready to set up your account:

  • Have a government-issued ID for an authorized representative of the principal campaign committee.
  • Have filed FEC forms 1 (Statement of Organization) and 2 (Statement of Candidacy) and have a valid website that includes a privacy policy.
  • Have a U.S.-based phone number for our registration service to contact you.
  • Have a credit card (issued by a U.S.-based bank).
  • Have a checking account with a U.S.-based bank.
  • Have your business taxpayer ID or EIN available for the online tax document interview.

Sign up

After you gather the necessary information, follow these steps to sign up.

  1. Go to https://pay.amazon.com/register?regRedirection=SWIPE, and then click Register.
  2. Enter the basic information requested, and then click Submit.

Register as a merchant

  1. After submitting your basic information, enter the information requested in merchant registration.
  2. In step 2, What's your business information?, under Business category choose Political Donation.
  3. After completing registration, send an email to donationsupport@amazon.com with the following information:
    • Confirmation that you have completed registration
    • The email address you used for registering
    • A readable copy of or link to your filed FEC form 1 (Statement of Organization)
    • A readable copy of or link to your filed FEC form 2 (Statement of Candidacy)
    • Three preferred variations of the candidate's name or campaign committee—with phonetic spelling for common pronunciations. Donors will be able to make a voice donation using the candidate's full name and the name of the principal campaign committee, but we will also support more common names that donors might use to refer to the candidate, like “President Washington” or “Senator Kennedy.”
  4. When you receive a reply from Amazon Pay with a secure link, upload the ID of an authorized representative and bank account documents for Amazon Pay to use as verification.
  5. Amazon Pay will review your registration and documentation, and then send an email notifying you when the campaign has been activated for receiving donations on Alexa.