Kirsten Gillibrand wants to pay you to donate to candidates

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  1. Rogifan macrumors Core

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    You can’t make this stuff up...

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., unveiled a plan on Wednesday to give every voter up to $600 in what she calls "Democracy Dollars" that they can donate to federal candidates for office.

    In an exclusive interview with NBC News to discuss the roll out of her first major 2020 policy initiative, Gillibrand said her "Clean Elections Plan" would help reduce the influence of big money in politics.

    "If you want to accomplish anything that the American people want us to accomplish — whether it's healthcare as a right, better public schools, better economy — you have to take on the greed and corruption that determine everything in Washington," she said.

    Under Gillibrand's plan, every eligible voter could register for vouchers to donate up to $100 in a primary election and $100 in a general election each cycle, either all at once or in $10 increments to one or more candidates over time. Each participant would get a separate $200 pool for House, Senate and presidential contests for a total maximum donation of $600 for those federal offices.

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  2. yaxomoxay macrumors 68040

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    This is the stupidest proposal I've ever read.
     
  3. jkcerda macrumors 6502a

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    let me pay you with your own tax money so you can pay us with your own money................
     
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    1. Campaign donations are not a charity (well at least not up here... YMMV)
    2. The people support the candidates via voting.

    To me any political fund raising smells of cronyism. I say get rid of political 'ads' (most of them now just tell you how bad the other person is opposed to provide a compelling reason to vote for them) replace them with more debates. "Yard signs" should list all candidate names and their party affiliation, and information to find out how,when and where to vote. An educated voter is much better than a cheerleader voter IMHO.

    Basically I'd reduce campaign funding to only allow for a small skeleton staff and travel expenses, get rid of super PACs, cap personal campaign contributions at a max of 10% of personal income, and refuse corporate contributions.

    In the 2016 presidential election, $2.4billion was spent on that race. That's huge money considering one side is going to loose, and lets face it for that kind of coin you're going to want to see something more than just your candidate being sworn into office.
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Good grief, what an idiotic thing to propose. If I hadn't seen Gillibrand's name on this, I would have though this was proposed by AOC.
     
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    You guys do know that we already have opportunities for public funding of presidential campaigns, funded out of tax revenues, right? This proposal simply allows the taxpayer to earmark the donations to particular candidates instead of simply donating it into a single non-discriminatory pot.
     
  7. raqball macrumors 68000

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    Hey I am all for getting 'democracy dollars' as long as I can donate to myself... I guess I can toss my name on a dog catcher ballot or something if need be.....

    Just add the cost of it to the rest of the socialist pipe dream......
     
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  9. Rogifan thread starter macrumors Core

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    Yeah on my tax return it asks if I want to donate $5 or whatever. I always say no. But $5 is not $600.
     
  10. jkcerda macrumors 6502a

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    sadly BOTH sides would say that is infringing on freedom of speech blah blah blah, they could also bypass it by having a bunch of political pacs etc etc etc :(
     
  11. BeeGood macrumors 68000

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    Is the idea here to completely fund elections using “democracy dollars” and do away with all private funding?

    If that’s what’s going on here, I can understand the logic and the intent is good, but it’s completely unworkable.
     
  12. jkcerda macrumors 6502a

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    the idea Gillibrand has is to hood wink you into giving them money and paying you back with your own tax dollars......
     
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    That was my first impression, but I was trying to come up with something redeemable about this idea. :D
     

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