Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has persuaded MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and PayPal/eBay to waive processing and transaction fees for donations made to organizations providing relief to Newtown.

Last week, Blumenthal sent letters to five fundraising websites,  four credit card companies and four wireless companies calling on them to waive  the fees, which range from six to 13 percent of each contribution.

“I hope others follow these companies in waiving fees for donations made to worthwhile charities that will benefit the families and Newtown community that were victims of this horrific tragedy,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “The people of Newtown deserve every dollar of every donation of these charitable contributions.”

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Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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