When Hillary Clinton first launched her campaign in April, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported that her website was asking for donations up to $2,700 on the English version of the site, but only up to $250 on the Spanish language version. Within hours after the story was published, the campaign updated the Spanish site to match the English one. But now, three months later, the Spanish language site once again only asks for donations up to $250.
As we reported in April, the main donation page for the English site includes preset amount buttons for $5, $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 and the maximum for the primary election cycle, $2,700. However, the preset amounts for the Spanish language version of the donation page are significantly less.: $5, $10, $15, $25, $50, $100 and $250. (Interestingly, the present amounts are different than the lower amounts in April, so this is not simply a case of the original code being reinstated. The amounts used in April were $3, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $250.)
Both the English and Spanish sites include an "other" button where donors can fill in a different amount. Screen captures of both the English and Spanish donation pages are shown below:
When asked for comment on the lower donation amounts, Clinton campaign rapid response spokesperson Josh Schwerin replied, "Wasn't true then, isn't true now. We're continuously testing different ask amounts across the site. Some examples attached." The examples consisted of screen captures of another page on the Spanish-language site showing pre-set amounts equaling the English site, plus the original example from April showing the lowest amount at $3. Schwerin did not respond when asked why it "wasn't true" when in fact the main "donate" buttons on the site lead to disparate solicitation amounts. (After the email exchange with Schwerin, a check of the English-language donation page showed that the page had been changed to ask for lower amounts.) Schwerin did provide one other example of a page on the English-language site asking for the lower amounts.
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Ruth Guerra, when asked for comment, replied: "Not only has the site been riddled with mistakes from the day it launched, but what’s more telling is the fact that Hillary’s campaign is once again suggesting different donation amounts to English and Spanish speakers. Hillary’s campaign needs to explain why they think Spanish speakers can’t contribute the same as anyone else."
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