News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Democracy

New study shows potential impact of a small donor matching program on 2016 presidential race

Candidates in the 2016 presidential race would see a dramatic shift in their fundraising, and have a powerful incentive to focus more on small donors under a proposed small donor public financing system, according to a new study released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (U.S. PIRG).

Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Boosting the Impact of Small Donors

What if our campaign finance system encouraged candidates to raise money from everyday citizens making small contributions? This report examines how the 2016 fundraising picture would look if a small donor campaign finance system were in place, where small contributions were matched with limited public funds for candidates who agree to turn down large contributions.

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Sometimes circumstances change, and life insurance is no longer a critical part of an estate plan. If you wish to redirect life insurance, it’s simple to do so. You can designate a charity as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, which you will continue to own during your lifetime.
This may provide your estate with valuable tax savings.

Alternatively, you can assign ownership of the policy to the charity. In this case, although you will give up control over the policy, you may receive a current income tax charitable deduction.

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Donating appreciated securities will support our work and, under some circumstances, may provide a meaningful savings on your taxes.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Demos | Democracy

Big Money and Secret Spending Distorting Democracy

A new analysis of pre-election data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and other sources by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Demos shows that outside spending in the first presidential election since Citizens United is living up to its hype: new waves of “outside spending” have been fueled by dark money and unlimited fundraising from a small number of wealthy donors. Outside spending organizations reported $1.11 billion in spending to the FEC through the final reporting deadline in the 2012 cycle. That’s already a 200% increase over total 2008 outside spending.

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Public Interest Partners

As a U.S. PIRG Education Fund member, you know that we keep our overhead low, so we can put more of your contribution directly to work on research and advocacy to advocate for the public interest.

Now, you have an opportunity to make your contribution go even farther—through the Public Interest Partners program.

Public Interest Partners

Public Interest Partners is the monthly giving program for our most dependable members.

Vehicle Donation

You can donate cars, trucks, boats and other vehicles to U.S. PIRG Education Fund through Charitable Auto Resources. Vist our donation page and learn more here.

For questions about this program, please email our Planned Giving Coordinator using the form below, or call 1-800-841-7299. Donations to U.S. PIRG Education Fund are tax-deductible in many circumstances. Please seek the guidance of your attorney or financial advisor when planning a major gift.

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