FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Defeat by Tweet?

Defeat by Tweet is a campaign to combat Trumpism, fight racism and advance racial justice in America. You can sign up to donate between $0.01 and $1 (or more) to Black-led political organizers every time Trump tweets — turning his hateful words into positive change!

Where does my money go?

Contributions to Defeat by Tweet will be used to benefit the Justice Fund, a portfolio of Black-led grassroots organizations working at the intersection of electoral politics and justice reform. Our strategy is focused on placing progressive champions of racial justice in the senate, governor’s offices and local positions of power (mayor, district attorneys, judge and sheriff) in key cities. Learn more about our strategy.

80% of your donation will go directly towards the Justice Fund. 10% is spent on user acquisition so we can continue to grow the base of supporters and increase the amount of support flowing into the field. The final 10% is used on operations.

The Defeat by Tweet Super PAC is a federal Super PAC (an independent political action committee not affiliated with any political party or candidate) that, through a partnership with the Movement Voter PAC, funds grassroots organizations working to turn out the vote and support criminal justice reform.

How can I change, cancel, or pause my donation?

We are so grateful for your contribution to #defeatbytweet, real change is coming and that is because of your contribution. Before you make any changes to your account, please consider staying on board for our 2021/2022 strategy (updated on our main page) to keep supporting these incredible organizations. We have a plan, and the effectiveness of this campaign shows the impact of investing in these grassroots organizations around the country.

You can manage your donation through Momentum. When you signed up for Defeat by Tweet, you were emailed a link to your Momentum account.

For more details about how to make any changes to your account, please click here.

What if Trump goes on a Twitter spree?

When you sign up, you can cap your monthly donations at any amount so you don’t have to worry. If Trump is throwing a particularly large tantrum on Twitter, your donation will max out at your predetermined limit and reset the following month.

Who runs Defeat by Tweet?

Defeat by Tweet is a collaboration between Xander Schultz, Galaxy Gives, Momentum, Movement Voter PAC, and the One for Democracy Action Fund.

Will the organizations I support ever change?

As organizations reach their funding goals, Defeat by Tweet will rotate them out of the portfolio, either adding new organizations that meet its funding criteria or concentrating your donation to help close the funding gaps of the other organizations it supports.

What is your funding criteria for organizations?

Our partner, Movement Voter PAC (MVP) has selected a group of Black-led community organizers that have the potential, when properly funded, to impact key senate, gubernatorial, and local races. We also set aside some funds for rapid response opportunities that arise. 

By focusing on organizations working on these issues, we can expand the base of Black voters and Black political power, thereby having the greatest impact on the outcome of the most important 2021 and 2022 races.

MVP has vetted participating organizations for their track record on moving the needle on criminal justice reform as well as their financial need and growth potential.

Is my donation secure?

Momentum processes all of your donations and makes security a top priority. Your sensitive information never touches our servers. Donation processing is handled by our trusted payment partners, all of which are subject to stringent federal regulations, including regular NACHA compliance audits and penetration testing.

Any and all sensitive information is tokenized and transmitted over encrypted tunnels. We use the same system trusted by organizations like Robinhood, Acorns, Betterment, Wealthfront, AmericanExpress, and Venmo. We’ve got you covered.

Do you charge any fees?

Nope, Defeat By Tweet doesn't charge any platform fees - it's free to use. Donors can choose to add a voluntary tip if they would like. The payment processor charges a standard credit card fee of 2.9% plus $0.30 per withdrawal (once per month).

How does Defeat by Tweet spend my tip?

Your tip helps us cover operating costs and payment processing fees. It also allows us to tell more people about Defeat by Tweet.

How are donations processed?

Our partner Momentum pairs everyday activities (like buying coffee, ordering a Lyft, or, in this case, someone tweeting) with automatic donations to your favorite organizations.

Momentum withdraws donations every month. Defeat by Tweet PAC then distributes these donations to the Movement Voter PAC, who then redirects the funds to the organizations in the Justice Fund.

You can cancel any donations you have made up until they are withdrawn on the 1st, at which point donations are not refundable. To cancel your pending donations, please contact hello@defeatbytweet.org.

Was I overcharged?

Given the variable nature of Defeat by Tweet donations, it can be often prove difficult for donors to anticipate what will be withdrawn from their account on the 1st of each month.

Your withdrawal total is a combination of:

  • The number of times Trump tweeted in the past month
  • The amount you set to donate per tweet
  • Your monthly limit
  • The tip you are adding for Defeat by Tweet
  • The fees charged by the payment processor
  • Any unprocessed donations from the previous donation period

We are happy to provide the context that results in your withdrawal amount. If you have any questions, please reach out to hello@defeatbytweet.org.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Like other political contributions, contributions to Defeat by Tweet are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Who can donate to Defeat by Tweet?

Only US citizens or Green Card Holders can donate to Defeat by Tweet because Defeat by Tweet is a federal super PAC. We cannot accept contributions from foreign nationals.

Will my donations continue after the election on Nov. 3, 2020?

Yes. Your donations paired with Trump tweets will continue until you disable the donation rule in your Momentum account. Not sure how to access that? Check your email. When you signed up for Defeat by Tweet, you received a link to log in to your Momentum account.

How else can I help support Defeat by Tweet?

In addition to signing up to donate, you can help us spread the word! The more people who are involved, the greater impact we can have.

Share the campaign on Facebook and Twitter, email and text your friends, and tell your neighbors! Use the hashtag #DefeatbyTweet when you share on social media.