“Tax credit for $200 in political giving could encourage small donors”

David Gans LA Times oped:

The policy landscape is highly polarized, with the two sides talking past each other. Rather than simply rehearsing the same stale debates, we need to find different approaches. One is to enact a federal tax credit to encourage small donors to contribute up to $200 to a candidate or political party.

Such a tax credit would provide every American who files an IRS tax return with a chance to make a political contribution to his or her candidate or political party. This is an idea first proposed in Congress in the 1950s, and it deserves fresh consideration today.

Gans also wrote the issue brief,Participation and Campaign Finance: The Case for a Federal Tax Credit.”

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