Brodie Farquhar: Turning tax break money into campaign contributions
December 28, 2017
I’ve decided what to do with my tax break money, courtesy of Trump and the Republicans in Congress. It will certainly be less than a thousand dollars – maybe only a few hundred.
Be that as it may, I have resolved to use that money as campaign contributions to progressive candidates at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. I will divide the money into increments, hoping the recipients will notice the fiscal pun that for the upcoming races in 2018, I’ll be sending out donations at $20.18 a pop.
I realize that’s not much money, but maybe I’ll send multiple checks to just a few candidates. I note that Bernie Sanders received many small donations – on average about $26 per donor. It was more than enough to keep him in the running against Clinton and her big donors.
Further, there’s analysis emerging from the recent elections in Virginia, where the Democratic candidates have just about retaken the state House, propelled by 140,000 small donations.
It is my hope that many fellow citizens will recognize the tax "reform" bill as a massive con and scam and use this new, tainted income to help progressive candidates while discomfiting our extremist foes.
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If enough of us take this tack, we can partially neutralize the advantages the conservatives have with big donors, like the Koch brothers. After all, while the .01 percent have vastly more money than we do in the middle and working poor classes, there are more of us than them.
Votes count, and so does money.