The Washington Post's headline is "Spending by independent groups had little...
Why don't we tax the hell out of political expenditures? I mean, think about how much money is wasted on elections at the national, state, and local level every single cycle. If we had a flat tax of like 50%, it would treat all content the same, and cut down on half the noise. Also, bear in mind, I focused on taxing expenditures and not contributions simply for the constitutional difference elucidated by the Supreme Court in Citizens United. I feel like trying to tax what the court has called free speech (contributions) would have constitutional problems, but taxing expenditures doesn't carry the same difficulty.
Much digital ink and wind is being expended today on the interwebs and cable TV lamenting the ineffectiveness of outside spending from conservative-aligned groups in electing Republican candidates. Indeed, some of the largest groups spent incredible amounts of money to what looks to be little effect. Many Republican candidates who had large SuperPACs behind them lost, and in what looked to be winnable races. This wasn't just Mitt Romney - it was down the ballot with candidates like Josh Mandel, Scott Brown, Tommy Thompson and George Allen.
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