April 24, 2013

Maine lawmaker wants to tax contributions to PACs

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — A Democratic Maine lawmaker has a new idea for raising state revenues: Tax PACs.

Rep. Terry Hayes' bill, L.D. 815, would impose a tax on 5 percent of the amount contributed to political action committees.

Hayes, of Buckfield, told the Taxation Committee on Tuesday that if there had been such a tax last year revenues would have been around $382,000, money that could be used to cover expenses to regulate PACs. Hayes' research shows no other state has such a tax.

The bill drew questions about whether the tax would be an unconstitutional tax on free speech. Hayes says that if she buys a T-shirt with a political slogan on it, she still pays a sales tax.

The bill drew no other supporters, opponents or neutral comment.

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