It all began in 1811, during the Administration of James Madison when an anonymous donor who said he had defrauded the government and sent the Treasury Department $5.00.
Today, it’s known as Conscience Fund, a place where people with gnawing guilt can make restitution to the United States government for their sins.
In the past 210 years, the Treasury Department has received almost $7 million. Some send letters of explanation. Others don’t
“Please accept this money for two postal stamps I re-used,” wrote one person. Continue reading