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If you set up recurring contributions to the Trump campaign online and then have a change of heart, you've got a problem.

While he may excel at telling people they’re fired, Donald Trump doesn’t let people quit as easily.

Money.mic reports there is no clear way on the GOP presidential candidate’s website to stop making a recurring donation to Trump’s campaign.

A Money.mic reporter was contacted by someone who’d set up a recurring donation, but wished to stop, only to find he could not. It was possible to change your credit card number, but only to another valid card. There is no option to cancel donations altogether, and no information on how to contact the campaign.

Donors do get an email confirmation of a donation, and the email does allow you to unsubscribe, but that does not remove the credit card information from your account.

By contrast, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign does offer a button allowing you to stop making recurring donations and provides an email address for questions. The button on Clinton’s website also does appear to remove your credit card information.

The story suggests that contesting the payments to the Trump campaign with your credit card company may be the only remedy.

Money.mic reported the Trump campaign had not responded to queries about the issue, but it did get feedback from the FEC:

The Federal Election Commission does not have rules explicitly about the cancellation of recurring campaign contributions, said FEC spokesperson Christian Hilland.

“Our regulations do not speak specifically to that issue,” he said. The only way problems with recurring donations would trigger an investigation, he explained, was if the total added up to more than the federally mandated maximum donation of $2,700.

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