September 24, 2004

New paper on tax credit for political contributions

Thomas Cmar has posted Toward a Small Donor Democracy: The Past and Future of Incentive Programs for Small Political Contributions on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

    Political contribution incentive programs are a promising, under-explored means to address the problem of political equality in the American system of campaign finance. If properly designed, these programs - which include tax credits, refunds, and vouchers - could allow all Americans to participate on an equal basis in the crucial early-stage decisions that determine which candidates decide to run and are able to compete effectively. This article, written on behalf of U.S. PIRG, proposes a tax credit for political contributions as a first step toward building a small donor democracy

Posted by Rick Hasen at September 24, 2004 08:48 AM