With the Arizona Free Enterprise decision in the rearview mirror, “reformers” are quick to find new ways to implement the incredibly poor idea of using money taken from taxes to pay for political campaigns.
Naturally, one of the first comprehensive plans of action to ensure the continued flow of tax money to politicians also came from one of the most debt-ridden states in America, California. The Center for Governmental Studies published a report entitled “Public Campaign Financing in California: A Model for 21st Century Reform,” which posits that candidates should raise a number of small donations (under $100) and then receive four times the amount in matching funds. This is similar to a measure proposed in the Fair Elections Now Act bill that failed in Congress.
While this plan does avoid the part of Arizona’s system that was struck down by the Supreme Court in June, financing campaign on the taxpayer’s dime is still a terrible idea.