Share

Democrats Pushing To Match Your Tax Dollars to Small Campaign Contributions at an Astonishing Rate

Share

House Democrats are expected to unveil legislation Friday that uses taxpayer money to match small-dollar campaign donations at the astonishing rate of 6-to-1, a policy that would likely benefit Democrats much more than Republicans.

“When you do something that looks like a political stunt, it makes you look worse, not better, in the eyes of the public,” Zach Wamp, a Republican former congressman and co-chair of nonpartisan organization Issue One, told The Wall Street Journal.

Republicans are especially wary of the small-dollar donation matching policy, which would turn a $20 donation into more than $100 for a candidate.

Democrats consistently rake in more small-dollar donations than Republicans, according to a WSJ review of Federal Election Commission reports.

For example, freshman Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat, unseated incumbent Dean Heller after outraising him by amassing small-dollar donations, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Roughly 32 percent of her funds came from small individual contributions, while only 9 percent of Heller’s came from small-time donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Trending:
$181 Million Settlement Means Americans in 24 States Who Bought Chicken Between 2009 and 2020 Could Be Eligible for Payout

And Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who unsuccessfully challenged Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, was the fourth-most-popular congressional candidate for small-dollar donations, according to the CRP. Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tops the list.

House Republicans are unlikely to bite on the legislation.

“I haven’t been a supporter of taxpayer funding to run political campaigns. I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Republican Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana said according to the WSJ Wednesday.

The legislation would create a pool of taxpayer money (it’s unknown how much) that would be used to match small-dollar donations to encourage “grass-roots campaigning,” according to the WSJ.

Do you think Republicans will bite on this legislation?

The WSJ described the proposed campaign finance overhaul as an “immediate” legislative priority for presumed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The legislation would also require certain politically active groups, including tax-exempt charitable organizations, to identify donors who give more than $10,000 over an election cycle.

Democratic Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer said House Republicans will be able to “offer their ideas and input” when the legislation is in committee, although it’s unlikely House Republicans will support it, according to the WSJ. Hoyer is Pelosi’s number two, although they have long competed for House Democrat important roles.

In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not planning on bringing the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote, according to the WSJ.

Meanwhile, Pelosi and House Democrats refuse to agree to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall amid the partial government shutdown. Pelosi also said she would not rule out pursuing impeaching Trump Thursday, the same day that the new 116th Congress convened.

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.

Related:
Big Indictment Finally Coming in Durham's Russiagate Probe: Report

A version of this article appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →



loading

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
, , , , , , , , , , ,
Share
Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 25-year veteran of print and broadcast media, and Neil Patel, former chief policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, The Daily Caller News Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing original investigative reporting from a team of professional reporters that operates for the public benefit.




loading

Conversation