Time to End the Presidential Funding Tax Checkoff?

Critics say there are better uses for tax dollars, but advocates say it prevents corruption.

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Federal tax forms have a box taxpayers can check to designate $3 toward a public fund for financing presidential campaigns. Critics see better uses for the tax dollars. But while the program needs updating, advocates say, it is still a bulwark against corruption.
Edited by Robert Schlesinger

Yes

Tom Cole
Oklahoma Republican representative and member of the House Appropriations Committee

House Appropriations Committee The federal government is heading for bankruptcy unless we make some tough budget cuts quickly. Our national debt stands at a staggering $14 trillion, and the Congressional Budget Office projects it will reach 77 percent of Gross Domestic Product in just 10 years. Yet every four years, the government sponsors an extravagant party...

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No

Fred Wertheimer
President of Democracy 21, a nonpartisan group supporting campaign finance reform

John Gardner, the founder of Common Cause and the modern campaign finance reform movement in the early 1970s, wrote, "The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can." In 1974, citizens spoke loud and clear...

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