More Government for All: How Taxpayers Subsidize Anti‐​Tax Cut Advocacy

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The Fair Taxes for All Coalition has been amajor opponent of President Bush's proposedtax cut. Research shows that the groups composingthe Fair Taxes for All Coalition received $618million in taxpayer money in recent years.

Public money going to the Fair Taxes for Allgroups subsidizes their advocacy. Money is fungible.Taxpayer money that goes to a group forone purpose frees funds for advocacy, includingadvocacy against tax cuts.

American democratic processes should beconstitutional, responsive, and neutral. Judgedby those standards, public subsidies for anti-taxcut advocacy distort democratic processes in twoways: First, they bias the political process towardthe recipients of subsidies. Second, they inducedemands on government that would not existwithout the subsidies.

Americans need better disclosure of public subsidiesfor political advocacy, and Congress shouldseek effective ways to prevent public money frombeing used to support political causes of any kind.

John Samples, Christopher Yablonski, and Ivan G. Osorio

John Samples is director of the Cato Institute's Center for Representative Government. Christopher Yablonski, a researcher at Capital Research Center in Washington, is the editor of CRC's Mandate for Charity: Policy Proposals for the Bush Administration. Ivan Osorio, also a researcher at CRC, is the editor of CRC's Labor Watch.