Monday, May 07, 2012

Repledge - the anti-Super PAC

Last month, we linked to an article showing the enormous sums of money contributed by the top ten Super PAC donors. UCLA law professor Eric Zolt and others are leading an effort to remove at least some of the money from politics by establishing a website called Repledge. Currently in beta form, Repledge "attempts to connect individual contributors who agree to transform their political contributions into charitable donations if a supporter of the opposing political candidate matches the contribution." The political donations are essentially canceled-out and the money diverted to charity. According to Repledge, this increases the "social utility" of the donation. Repledge provides a brief video demo on its main page. The Federal Election Commission is currently considering Repledge's request for an advisory opinion on whether the site complies with federal election law. See additional coverage from The Washington Post, The Volokh Conspiracy, and the Center for Investigative Reporting's California Watch.