Amending form 1040: from today’s from Washington Times

To address low levels of funding in the Disaster Relief Fund, one DC resident proposed today that on the IRS Form 1040, the IRS replaces the voluntary option to donate $3 to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and instead asks Americans to donate $3 voluntarily to the American Red Cross.

This past weekend, an AP article indicated that Obama and McCain spent $94 million in the month of August alone. About 33 million people donate $3 through the IRS form 1040 each year; public funding is almost a drop in the bucket. By contrast, the same funds raised would instantly cover the costs of responding to Hurricane Ike and Gustav and replenish the Disaster Relief Fund for upcoming hurricanes and fires.

Mat Morgan, California

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