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Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

How to Start Fixing Democracy with the $1.50-A-Week Tax Cut Paul Ryan Gave You

Feb 14, 2018
In The News

It should not be this hard for a large activated mass of citizens to keep up with a small, dedicated group of feudal lords. But it will be for as long as politicians have every incentive to serve the whims of the richest voters, who can decide their fate by the number of zeros they write on a check.... Fixing this doesn’t have to start with reversing Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., has proposed The Government By The People Act , which gives taxpayers a $25 tax credit for campaign donations and then turns a small donation into a meaty one with a 6-to-1 federal match.... This would not only transform the job of members of Congress, forcing them to meet with and answer to as many constituents as possible. It would transform the role of citizens by magnifying their influence. A $78 tax break could become a nearly $500 donation. That would mean a lot to a fledgling campaign.