Frequently Asked Questions

Is Prytany free to use?
Yes, Prytany is completely free to use for both constituents and candidates. We only make money when someone makes a contribution.
Do you have to make contributions to use Prytany?
No, Prytany is more than a platform for making contributions. It’s also a tool for learning about political races and enabling direct communication between constituents and those running for or holding higher office. Too often. there is a divide between those who are voting and those who run. Prytany bridges this divide. It’s a platform with a purpose, so that those who seek to lead are held accountable by those who vote.
What is “Prytany Verified” and why do I have to provide my Government I.D.?

Our primary goal is to give people confidence that the people with whom they’re connecting are who they say they are. It is hard to know that the people you are talking to on social media platforms are truthful about their identity. We have built a system that allows us to make certain that users are who they say they are. You may be asked to sign into our website and provide your I.D. once you have exceeded $1,000 in total contributions in a fundraising cycle or if your social activity is above average. Once we confirm that your account is verified with a valid ID, we do not keep or store any information from your ID with the exception of the ID identifier. We do that to ensure that an ID is not used twice.

Finally, we have developed a proprietary and highly secure interface with the Social Security Administration, whereby if a user has above average activity on the social platform or is making significant contributions, they may be asked to verify their social security number and name match. This alone doesn’t verify an individual’s identity, but the combination of what we are doing goes a long way to eliminate fake accounts, bots, and foreign intervention in our electoral process. Prytany makes absolutely nothing on verification; there is a cost of $1 to a user for social security verification. We choose to leave this at cost, because it is important to us that people have as few obstacles as possible to use any part of our overall verification process.

There is no circumstance under which we would sell or allow anyone access to this information. Period.

What are the fees?

Our fees are the lowest of any political contribution processor servicing candidates of any party and we strive for simplicity with our fee structure. We charge campaigns that elect to receive contributions made through Prytany’s payment processing service a flat 3% fee. This means that if you make a $1.00 contribution to a candidate, that candidate’s campaign will pay us 3 cents. In the event that a campaign chooses not to “claim” their Prytany profile by enrolling with Prytany and not to receive contributions directly through the Prytany platform, then we would send the contributed funds to that campaign by other means and charge the persons making the contributions a 3.25% fee on the contributions. This means that if you make a $1.00 contribution to a candidate whose campaign has not enrolled with Prytany, that candidate’s campaign will receive $0.9675.

If you use a credit card to make a contribution, our third-party payment processing service will charge you a 2.9%+ 30 cent processing fee to send your contribution. Prytany is not making a cent on this fee. This is “at cost” for using a credit card. If you use a direct wire ACH from your bank account, there is no processing fee at all.

Does Prytany sell information on me?

No. You will never see advertisements “targeted” at you for commercial goods on Prytany. Prytany will not allow independent developers to have access to or “buy” your information.

We will, however, allow candidates to search and refine constituencies around policy interests. Why?

Right now, we find that conversations between candidates and parties can be meaningless and impersonal. There are often form letters that try to put your first name in the text to give you a sense of familiarity with subject lines like “Hey” that often do not touch on anything you care about and then proceed to ask for money. Prytany wants these types of conversations to take on greater value and meaning to all involved. One way to do that is to match candidates and constituents around issues and engage.

All sides are on Prytany. Why should I use a platform that also services people I disagree with?
You want to share it because you disagree. Prytany isn’t one dimensional and neither is politics. Currently, people can make a contribution to a specific candidate. On Prytany, you can do that, but you can also contribute against a candidate by easily supporting an opponent or in some cases all of a particular candidate’s opponents. Prytany makes that easy. Voters often don’t just vote for a candidate, but also against a particular candidate and Prytany is the only platform that is built to bring that to campaign fundraising.
What is a group?
In addition to facilitating individual connections, Prytany has a unique platform whereby users can build “groups” - both public or private-invitation only. These groups can be informal groups of constituents who want to discuss specific policy issues or candidates, or they can be organized around an event. Those attending the event can form a group to facilitate a longer term conversation with a candidate or a record of which group members contributed to that candidate.
What is pledging?
Pledging is making a contribution commitment to a candidate the payment of which is conditional on the action of a special interest organization. If there is a special interest group that is for or against a position that you care about, then you can either amplify or counter their voice by making your contribution conditional on a candidate receiving a particular rating from that special interest group.
Does Prytany have a political preference?
No. Prytany was founded by one Democrat, one Republican, and one independent, each with their own political positions on issues. They are on opposite sides on many issues — like so many other groups of people around the country. One thing they all agree on: we are becoming too isolated from and intolerant of differing points of view and from those who hold elected office. Prytany aims to close that gap and facilitate direct engagement among people and with the elected officials and candidates.
Where did the name Prytany come from?
The original Prytany was the rotational executive seat of power in the ancient Athenian Senate. The Prytany served as the “president” of the legislative body for a term that was 1/10th of the year. The Prytany was chosen at random so that no one could predict who would come next. This was a unique element of ancient democracy that ensured that all voices were heard. Our new Prytany embodies that spirit.