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.