Taxation Only with Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform

Taxation Only With Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform, Take Back Our Republic (2016)

218 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2016

Date Written: February 17, 2016

Abstract

This book is the first comprehensive discussion of corruption in campaign finance from the viewpoint of a political conservative. Liberals have talked about this problem for decades while raising millions of dollars in campaign contributions.

Many politicians who call themselves conservatives have ignored the problem, driving angry voters to support their opponents even if those opponents don’t propose any solutions at all.

In this book, Richard Painter discusses how our money-driven campaign system undermines the vision of our founding fathers and just about every principle that conservatives believe in. This includes limiting government spending and regulation, upholding traditional values against industries that make money from moral decay, and protecting national security interests against an influx of foreign money into US political campaigns.

Painter then lays out a plan for reform that conservatives, and the Supreme Court, will embrace: defining the government’s right to tax its citizens in a way that will give each citizen a real voice in funding campaigns for elected office. In new laws, referendums, and constitutional amendments at the federal or state level, voters need to send a clear message: Americans who have no representation in campaign finance can no longer endure taxation by a government in which they have no voice.

Keywords: finance, campaign finance, campaign contribution, politics, representation, reform

Suggested Citation

Painter, Richard W., Taxation Only with Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform (February 17, 2016). Taxation Only With Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform, Take Back Our Republic (2016) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2733787

Richard W. Painter (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota Law School ( email )

229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
612-626-9707 (Phone)

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