Those who knowingly turn a blind eye to the effect of political contributions are about to throw the nation into further political chaos.
Recently, several national GOP politicians have publicly acknowledged that large donors have threatened to stop contributing if the GOP doesn’t pass a tax bill favorable to their interests. This is a quid pro quo directly tying campaign contributions to votes. It can be no more clear.
The GOP-controlled House has acquiesced to this demand by offering tax breaks for private jet owners and eliminating the estate tax (which benefits about 5000 wealthy taxpayers each year), among other provisions, while simultaneously increasing the long-term tax burden on people earning under $75,000.
Perhaps of more concern, the GOP House bill eliminates the Johnson Amendment, which blocks churches from donating money or supporting candidates from the pulpit. This repeal would open the door to political money gushing through churches, money that would be tax-deductible (currently political donations are not), unlimited and anonymous. An extremely bad idea.
Rather, we need to repeal Citizens United and get the money out.
Richard Reuther, Pasco