Loss Of NC Tax Earmark Hurts Democratic Party Most

There are a couple fewer decisions to make on North Carolina tax returns this year. And the state Democratic Party is most acutely feeling the change.

The elections overhaul bill approved by Republican legislators last summer and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory eliminated the option taxpayers had to earmark $3 of their tax payment to their favored political party.

Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians all benefited from the political party "checkoff," but Democrats got more than 60 percent of the overall funds since 2009. The repeal is also hurting Democrats more as they struggle to raise other money following a series of electoral setbacks.

Many GOP legislators don't like the idea of government accumulating tax money for parties.