Party Revenue From State Income Tax “Check-Off”

October 6, 2008

The October 1 issue of Ballot Access News from ballot-access.org provides data for states that give state income tax payers the opportunity to direct a contribution to the political party of their choice by checking off a box on their tax return. The chart lists the amounts received by each party. Note that in Ohio taxpayers cannot designate which party the contribution goes to, and only parties that received at least 20% of the vote in the previous election can receive the funds.

Party Revenue From State Income Tax “Check-Off”

Democrat

Republican

Green

Libertarian

Independence

Constitution

Alabama

$6,737

$7,542

$0

$2

$0

$0

Arizona

28,514

16,222

0

2,108

0

0

Idaho

35,540

30,891

0

2,854

0

2,144

Iowa

35,382

21,057

0

0

0

0

Kentucky

121,548

88,464

0

0

0

0

Maine

11,003

4,406

3,685

0

0

0

Minnesota

48,572

28,204

4,321

0

4,959

0

New Mexico

6,574

3,310

0

0

0

0

North Carolina

921,096

630,234

0

0

0

0

Ohio

173,372

173,372

0

0

0

0

Rhode Island

55,322

39,409

278

0

0

0

Utah

45,776

66,848

40

70

0

3,794

Virginia

31,310

17,519

0

0

0

0

Total

1,520,746

1,127,478

8,324

5,034

4,959

5,938

We’ve written previously about the Federal Presidential Election Campaign Fund, which is similar to the above state programs and allows taxpayers to designate a small amount of their income tax to help fund presidential campaigns. The federal level program differs from most of the state programs in that the taxpayer cannot decide which candidate receives his or her contribution. Read more on the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and the current presidential election.


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