Gillibrand Baffles Many With Plan to Give All Americans $600 to Fund Campaigns to Get Money Out of Politics

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) unveiled a confusing new plan as part of her 2020 presidential bid to give Americans $600 that they would be forced to give to a federal politician in order to get money out of politics.

According to a report from NBC News, Gillibrand plans to put forward her “Clean Elections Plan” to help ensure that big-money donors don’t have a larger influence on elections than low-income Americans. The senator’s plan to rid elections of donor bias is to just give Americans tax dollars that are earmarked for campaign funding.

Gillibrand plan would allow Americans to opt in to donate to political campaigns. Those who register could get up to $600 in vouchers — called “Democracy Dollars” — to donate to federal campaigns for House, Senate, and presidential races.

The vouchers would be viable in both the primary races and general elections. The only restriction on the “Democracy Dollar” is that the vouchers can only be used within state lines, though voters could fund races in a district they don’t live in.

Gillibrand claimed her plan would take money out of politics and force politicians to campaign for low-income votes.

“[Politicians] would campaign in all communities,” she said. “They would be going to low-income communities, they would be going to rural communities, they would be asking people to support them not only with a vote, but with (financial) support for their campaign.”

Her campaign didn’t include an estimate on the total costs of the voucher program but did say it could pay for it using tax dollars acquired by cutting a corporate deduction that could raise $60 billion over 10 years.

Many found this plan to be laughable and took to Twitter to bash Gillibrand and her campaign.

In 2016, there was a combined total of $6.5 billion spent on the general election, and only 0.5 percent of Americans are currently contributing more than $200 to campaigns, according to the NBC News report.

Gillibrand’s plan could greatly increase the total amount of money spent on campaigns and the percentage of Americans who donate, but there are a lot of government projects that could use $60 billion for something more pressing than filling up campaign coffers.

Although Gillibrand is the first to propose this on the national scale, the city of Seattle currently has a voucher system for a taxpayer-funded campaign donation for candidates running for city council district positions, though the notation is capped at four $25 vouchers.

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Judy Smith
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This same gal was bawl-bagging over the weekend that she still did not have enough donors to her campaign in order that she be eligible for the debates. And now—-she wants to give everyone $$$$s ????? Boy-oh-boy, is she one dumb blonde.

James
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Hey Gilli; I’ll take that $600 right now. My grandson’s pickup could use a set of tires.

WOW, there’s no end to the amount of stupidity on the Left.

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