Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:51 PM
Pryderi (6,456 posts)
Obama's Executive Order on companies bidding for federal contracts to disclose political spending
What ever happened to this?
At stake are tens of millions of dollars in donations provided by corporations to trade associations and other not-for-profit groups that use the money for independent campaign expenditures. In the last election cycle, most of the money spent by the groups benefited GOP candidates. Democrats, worried about that advantage, sought to restrict this kind of undisclosed independent spending. When that effort failed, some prominent party members began forming their own not-for-profit organizations to compete with the GOP.
If Obama issued the draft executive order, he would effectively discourage previously undisclosed donations to groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which — with some exceptions — have been generally helping Republican candidates. It would also give the president a chance to quiet critics who want him to be more outspoken in demanding disclosure of large contributors.
But business interests are trying to quash the measure.
The chamber is pressing top White House officials, including Chief of Staff William Daley, who worked closely with the group when he was an executive at JPMorgan Chase, to push Obama to drop the executive order.
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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:59 PM
Enrique (24,723 posts)
2. The Hill followed up a year after that
The Obama administration has all but abandoned its push to require federal contractors to disclose their political donations.
A year ago, the White House composed a draft executive order that would have forced potential government contractors to reveal their political spending as a condition of submitting bids. But roughly 12 months later, no final order has been issued, and supporters and critics alike say they've seen no signs such a change is forthcoming.
"The executive order can potentially come back after the 2012 elections," said Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen, a government watchdog group that has been urging the greater transparency. "But I don't consider it still being contemplated ."
Holman said Obama sent clear signals the issue has been pushed to the backburner in January when the president declined to pitch it in his State of the Union address.
"Obama neglected to even mention it," Holman said with disappointment. "I consider it not to be even on the agenda."
Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/220453-white-house-abandons-push-for-disclosure-of-political-giving-by-contractors#ixzz2JfwF5LDJ\