Lately my email seems to rapidly fill with solicitations for campaign contributions to help prevent the world as we know it from ending. I understand that. It is, after all, THAT season. However I’m having trouble understanding the matching contribution ploy. “Double your contribution” is now overshadowed with “____ times match has been activated” with the numbers 3, 4, or 5 commonly appearing. Today I got one saying “6x match activated”. Cynical me wonders 1) Where is this matching money coming from? 2) If that money is in the bank why not just use it and don’t bother me? 3) How do I know that my $100 or other amount was actually matched?