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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