As a federal taxpayer, you’ve no doubt noticed the $3 “check-off ” for the Presidential Election Campaign Fund-and you probably skipped it. In 2011, just 6.4 percent of American taxpayers “checked the box.” Originally created in the 1970s to support public financing for presidential campaigns, the Fund now seems increasingly anachronistic and insignificant. After the […]
Anne Kim and Carl Rist
Anne Kim and Carl Rist collaborated on this piece. Kim is a senior policy strategist at CFED, a Washington-DC based non-profit, and senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Rist is the executive director of the 1:1 Fund, an organization that promotes savings and educational opportunities for low-income students.