OK, so he published this for April 15, and I'm behind on my reading.
By comparison, the Federal government, in its fiscal '04 budget, plans to spend about $40 billion on “administration of justice” and about $10 billion on tax collection, in a total budget of about $3250 billion. So even if we attribute the expense of the entire Justice Department and Federal prison system to the cost of government “fund-raising”, it costs the government less than $2 to raise $100. (These figures are from the National Budget Simulation.)
The next time someone tells you that private charities are “more efficient” than the government at achieving some worthy goal, remember these figures.
This could, however, be an economy of scale. Or, perhaps, think of it a measure of how much it is better to be feared than loved?