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Millions In Donations To Reduce The National Debt

I mentioned recently that anybody who wants to can make a donation to reduce the national debt. That raised an obvious question: How much money to people actually donate?

It turns out donations have been climbing lately; in fiscal year 2009, people gave more than $3 million, according to the Treasury department.

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I'm trying to figure out who donates (really rich people?) and why (the principle of the thing? some kind of tax benefit?). I'll write a follow-up post if I find anything interesting.