House Panel Votes to Strip Taxpayer Funding of Presidential Conventions

The House Administration Committee passed legislation on June 4 that would prohibit taxpayer funding of political party conventions. By a voice vote, the committee passed HR 94 , a bill to repeal Code Sec. 9008 that provides for the use of funds from the presidential election campaign fund for presidential nominating conventions. The measure was introduced by Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.

The committee also voted to approve HR 95 , a bill to reduce federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions. The legislation would end the taxpayer election to designate $3 of income tax liability for financing of presidential election campaigns, the presidential election campaign fund and the presidential primary matching payment account. HR 95 , which Cole also introduced, passed the committee by a voice vote.

Committee Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., said the programs allowing taxpayer funding of campaigns are unnecessary. “Despite the fact that they have far outlived their purpose, they continue to exist—costing taxpayers millions each year with zero benefit in return,” said Miller. “Instead of throwing more money at the problem, as Democrats suggest year after year, it’s time to shut them down.”

Committee ranking member Robert Brady, D-Pa., failed to win committee approval for an amendment to HR 95 that would set aside funds from the presidential election campaign fund to assist disabled, elderly and military voters.

By Stephen K. Cooper, CCH News Staff



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