By Chrissy the Hyphenated
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Business groups to Obama: Drop order on contractor disclosure
By Kevin Bogardus – 05/16/11 09:10 PM ET
A coalition of more than 80 business groups told President Obama to “abandon” a draft executive order that would have government contractors disclose their political contributions. …
The letter comes as the draft order has fallen under heavy criticism from several Republicans, as well as a few Democrats. …
Democrats and the White House tried and FAILED to pass the Disclose Act last Congress, despite Democrats having a super-majority in the House and Senate.
In other words, opposition to this kind of political thuggery is bipartisan.
The Disclose Act was the Democrats’ response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in January 2010 that allowed corporations to spend unlimited funds on political activities.
Since corporations tend to support Conservative Republicans, Democrats hated this decision. Obama was so miffed, he scolded the Justices on national television during his State of the Union. One of his classier moves (not).
As I understand it, Democrats’ big supporters … big unions like the NEA and SEIU and professional Leftist groups like ACORN and Planned Parenthood … were already allowed to donate the big bucks, most of which they got by ripping off taxpayers and nearly all of which they dumped into Democrat coffers to keep their taxpayer-funded gravy trains chugging along.
But it’s not about politics. It’s about Transparency in Government! (Riight.)
For more info:
43 House Conservatives Urge President Obama to Withdraw Proposed Executive Order – May 17, 2011
Why Does the Obama Administration Want to Know Your Political Beliefs Before They Give You a Job? By Dana Perino – May 19, 2011