Monday, August 25, 2008

Democrats Launch Convention on Taxpayers' Dime

“50 Days, 50 Ways” attacks campaign welfare, breaks $20 billion

(Nashua) As the Democratic Party launched its National Convention with taxpayer funds, Republican Grant Bosse called for an end to taxpayer subsidies for political parties. The Presidential Election Campaign Fund will divert $55 million in taxpayer funds this year for Presidential candidates, and for the Democratic and Republican Conventions. This latest proposal has pushed Bosse’s innovative “50 Days, 50 Ways to Cut Federal Spending” initiative to more than $20 billion in specific federal spending cuts.

“Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for politicians to throw a party,” Bosse said. “We need to end campaign welfare once and for all.”

The Presidential Election Campaign Fund receives its funding throw “voluntary” check-offs on IRS tax forms. Taxpayers can choose to have $3 from their taxes siphoned off into public financing. Taxpayers do not pay extra if their check the box. The money is diverted from the Treasury, leaving less money available for other government programs. It provides matching funds to qualified Presidential candidates, and subsidizes both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

“I hope Jeanne Shaheen and Paul Hodes enjoy their week in Denver,” Bosse added. “I just wish they weren’t spending our money to do it.”

To date, Bosse has more than $20 billion in taxpayer savings by eliminating unnecessary federal programs. To learn more about Bosse’s aggressive grassroots campaign, go to

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