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Re-stocking the pantry has certainly been made easier with the advent of Amazon Dash buttons. But now one guy, with more on his mind than paper towels and mouthwash, has brought donations to the American Civil Liberties Union to his fingertips.

Nathan Pryor wrote in a blog post on Medium this week abut his efforts to program his own Dash button so that each time he tapped it, a $5 donation would be sent to the ACLU. The impetus for this was that Pryor was looking for a quick release each time he was annoyed by something President Trump did or said.

“Why reserve that instant gratification for physical goods? Why not push a button and do some real good?” Pryor wrote, in conveying his response to a friend who wished there was such a thing as the ACLU button.

A self-described “designer, programmer, tinkerer, crafter, maker and take-aparter,” Pryor said he ordered a self-programmable “Internet of Things” button and dove into making it work by analyzing the ACLU’s donation web page and writing a script to automate the task of filling in the form.

He even printed his own graphic with the ACLU logo to make the Dash button look legit and made a YouTube video to go along with it all:

The ACLU is certainly top of mind these days, as the organization has become the go-to non-profit of choice for people looking to fight Trump’s policies with their dollars. During the weekend of Trump’s executive order limiting immigration, the group raised more than $24 million from 356,306 online donations, which is more money than it’s ever raised in a single year.

Pryor said he could have just set up a recurring monthly donation, but the button is right near his laptop, and every time he is so moved by news of the day, he gets the “tactile thrill” of “sending another $5 into the fight.”


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