Zucker and Tauberer – both long-time open government activists – believe that pooling money helps small donors match the influence of well-heeled companies, special interests and individuals.
Michael E. Toner, a partner at Wiley Rein and former FEC chairman, . . . called If.Then.Fund “innovative”
If.Then.Fund — which allows people to give small donations to any lawmaker who votes a certain way on a bill — is an unexpected new idea for combating the influence of big-money donations in Washington.
If.then.fund, created by Jonathan Zucker, a campaign finance lawyer, and Joshua Tauberer, (who also created GovTrack.us, a site tracking congressional activity) acts as a conduit, collecting money that will then be given to a candidate based on how current legislators vote.
This almost redefines the meaning of the phrase “small dollar donations.” Once an individual's donation has been split between all those who voted for something and future opponents of those who voted against (or vice versa), the donation per candidate could be as low as one cent.
If politicians weren't reliant on fundraising, if they didn't have to spend so much time begging for contributions, what would the process look like? What would a reform of the donation system look like? Which brings us to if.then.fund.