The U.S. government should give voters money to donate to federal candidates, Democrat presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said Wednesday.
Detailing her “Clean Election Plan” to NBC News, Sen. Gillibrand said voters would register for vouchers, which could then be donated to candidates:
“Under Gillibrand's plan, every eligible voter could register for vouchers to donate up to $100 in a primary election and $100 in a general election each cycle, either all at once or in $10 increments to one or more candidates over time. Each participant would get a separate $200 pool for House, Senate and presidential contests for a total maximum donation of $600 for those federal offices.
“There would be strings attached for both donors and candidates. The money could go only to elections in the donor's state, although they could be used for House candidates outside the voter's district.”
The cost of the government donation subsidies would be covered by the elimination of a corporate deduction for executive compensation, Gillibrand told NBC.
According to the U.S. Census, at the time of the November 2016 elections, there were 245.5 million U.S. citizens of legal voting age, 157.6 of whom were registered to vote.
If each of the 157.6 million registered voters received the full $600 subsidy, the plan would cost approximately $94.6 trillion.