Portland-based Chirpify is helping this year’s presidential candidates raise funds by allowing users to donate to either Obama or Romney’s campaigns via Twitter.

The Twitter-based commerce platform will allow users to give money to either candidate via its new in-stream Twitter donation platform, launching today. Chirpify also reports that at least 25 other U.S. senators and representatives have also committed to fund-raising via the social media platform during this election season.

Additionally, the company launched a “Tweet a Presidential Candidate” website. Donors can give and track campaign contributions with a tweet at tweetlection.com, after signing up for Chirpify account. The page also features a handy scorecard of both Obama and Romney followers and how much money each candidate has raised via Chirpify so far.

In April, we reported that Chirpify landed $1.3 million in funding from angel investors including BuddyTV CEO Andy Liu; Geoff Entress; former Facebook executive Rudy Gadre; HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes; Voyager Capital, among others. In a previously announced project, Chirpify is also revolutionizing the way music and concert tickets are sold via Twitter.

Chirpify CEO and founder Chris Teso said in the company’s release: “There are hundreds of millions of dollars being raised for U.S. political campaigns every year, and an estimated 140 million Twitter users. Yet until now there was no way to directly exchange currency on Twitter. It is a no brainer to introduce Twitter Fundraising for Politicians.”

Whether donating to campaigns will be as fun as the Colbert Super PAC Super Fun Pack will be up to you.

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    Donations are not democracy. I’d like to see Chirpify, and all other donation avenues, closed down so that candidates can simply speak for themselves. The notion of buying access to a political candidate is absolute lunacy and the men who donate billions of dollars to these candidates should be ashamed of what they are doing to our political system.

    That political candidates accept donations is shameful and should be stopped. If a man wants to be my President, I want to hear him speak freely without slipping him $10 or $40,000 or whatever it is that he wants.

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