'Check here' to support the election on your IRS form? Maybe not for long
December 1st, 2011
04:03 PM ET
3 years ago

'Check here' to support the election on your IRS form? Maybe not for long

Washington (CNN) – Remember the little box you can check off on your federal tax return to donate three dollars to pay for presidential campaigns? House Republicans voted that in this era of e-mailing or texting campaign contributions, it's time to get rid of the federal program, and remove taxpayer money from presidential elections and political conventions.

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that eliminates the "Presidential Election Campaign Fund" and uses the over $600 million it's collected since the end of 2010 to pay for other programs. However, a similar bill in the Senate appears to be stalled. The White House has said it opposes the measure, but has not yet threatened a veto.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • House of Representatives • Republicans
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  1. Rudy NYC

    How much you want to be that Republicans would use that $600M for tax cuts and credits for those who do not need them, creating a recurring liability. Instead of simply using the one time cash bag to pay down the debt, or do something like bring back school lunches, which had cost only $450M.

    December 1, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Stopped doing that a long time ago.

    December 1, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    What's racist about Newt's comments? Sounds to me borrowed his views from Booker T. Washington.

    December 1, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Next vote – how high women can wear their high heels. ANYTHING except JOBS right?

    December 1, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs are a neocon deathcult for diseased minds

    So let me get this straight: the same GOBP deathcult that claims people should make voluntary donations rather than the government making payments now wants to hinder Americans from making voluntary donations, Nice screwed up set of "principles" you got there, you clueless bunch of parasites.

    December 1, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. mad1nola

    Always writing bad law to stop the President. Don't these repubs get it. President Obama is unstoppable. They are wasting their time throwing tantrums and setting up roadblocks and obstacles. They look so small and petty that I almost feel sorry for them.
    Instead of all this foolishness why don't they use their time "constructively" by helping the president fix the mess their party created!

    December 1, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "remove taxpayer money from presidential elections and political conventions."

    Well of course: the ONLY Money that they want to count in elections is corporate money. You know, those things that have absolutely no right to vote and yet get to hold more sway and influence over the governance of the country than everyone making less than $200,000 per year put together. What a horrible inconvenience for the GOP when voters and their money are injected into election politics...

    December 1, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "What's racist about Newt's comments?"

    What the GOP base heard in the subtext. It's called a "dogwhistle."

    December 1, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. DumbasRocks [R]s

    So let's get this straight. The [R]s want to steal the money US citizens specifically chose to pay to help fund elections, to pay for something they, the politicians, now choose? That is s-t-e-a-l-i-n-g....this, after [R]s repeatedly screeching about the gov't stealing people's money through taxes......what blatant hypocrits the [R]s are.

    [R]s are the stuff that's skimmed off the top of cesspools.

    December 1, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |