Did Trump’s disparaging comments about our veterans put you off? Did you want to donate to some state-level people instead this month? Can you just not afford to give more money? Well good luck cancelling your subscription, and don’t call us for help! That’s more or less what this boils down to.
As if more proof was needed that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is just the latest piece of grift in a long chain of a fraud-ridden life, now there’s clear evidence that Trump’s campaign website is using a credit card hijack gimmick to make it almost impossible to cancel recurring donations.
Mic.com did some research on this issue and found that while there is a convoluted and unnecessarily complicated process you can use to cancel your recurring donations, it’s practically kept a secret on the site and any direct emails or phone calls to the campaign will probably not help you either.
After a thorough investigation on the Trump website, it was confirmed by Mic that there is NO reasonably accessible option to stop recurring charges from the Trump campaign being automatically billed to your card. It’s a total scam site, but seriously is that even a surprise? This is Donald freakin’ Trump we’re talkin’ about here. If someone does sign up, they should be happy they don’t end up losing their house.
After you sign up, the only thing the website lets you do is update to a new card, as shown below.
After following the update option, you’re again locked into a screen where you cannot delete the card on file, or cancel the recurring bill.
Email confirmations that come from the Trump website also do not carry any information about how to unsubscribe from the donation trap. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list, but that doesn’t get rid of your active “donor account” with them.
Here’s a picture showing what Mic found when they tried to follow the same process on Hillary’s website. Oh look! Right there it is, plain as day. Remove Card.
Imagine that! The Democratic donation website is actually not fleecing you for money without your consent or a method to stop it.
After a lot of research, Mic found a way to escape the Trump hole, but it isn’t easy.
First, you need to create an account and password on the Trump website. After this, you have to hit a totally not obvious little grey question mark in the upper right hand corner of the update card box. There was no obvious association between registering an account and this little teeny way-out-of-the-way button.
You didn’t think we were finished, did you? Next you go to another page that tries to get you to re-donate before showing a “manage” option in the lower left. Note, it says “manage” and not “remove card” or “cancel account.” Again, not very obvious.
But wait! There’s more. After that, you get shooed away to the Trump campaign’s vendor website. There you have to hit the “recurring plans” option, and only then can you finally end your subscription.
The real kicker, though, is that you still can’t delete your card number. You can cancel recurring donations, but they still hold the card info no matter what you do. What that means is that if they have a security problem one day you might end up with unexpected charges for God knows what.
The FEC has no regulations regarding how easy or obvious it has to be to unsubscribe from a recurring donation plan for a political campaign. It’s unfortunate that the American presidency has turned from a reasonably noble pursuit for all into a nationwide infomercial for an orange monkey in a suit.
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