Michael Allen
California lawmaker seeks tax on independent political spending

A California lawmaker wants to stanch the outside money that freely flows in state elections by imposing a tax on such spending. Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) has introduced a bill that would impose a tax on independent expenditures--campaign spending done by independent groups (sometimes called "super PACs"), instead of by candidates or party committees. "When independent expenditure spending goes up, voter participation has decreased," Levine said in an interview. "This bill will help increase civic engagement and bring back voters that the super PACs turn off." Outside groups are not subject to contribution limits that govern...