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Obama crafts an executive order to get around the Citizens United ruling

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      Mike Riggs

      Mike Riggs is a staff writer at The Daily Caller. He has written and reported for Reason magazine and reason.com, GQ, the Awl, Decibel, Culture 11, the Philadelphia Bulletin, and the Washington City Paper, where he served as an arts and entertainment editor.

Pres. Obama wanted a campaign finance bill that would take the teeth out of the Citizens United ruling before the 2010 election. Congressional Democrats wrote such a bill, and then watched it slip into a coma. But that wasn’t the end of it. According to a leaked White House memo, Obama plans to create new campaign finance rules via fiat by signing an executive order.

As the Washington Examiner reported yesterday, the EO “would require all companies that sign contracts with the federal government to report on the personal political activities of their officers and directors.”

And by “political activities,” Obama means: “all contributions or expenditures to or on behalf of federal candidates, parties or party committees made by the bidding entity, its directors or officers, or any affiliates within its control; and any contributions made to third party entities with the intention or reasonable expectation that parties would use those contributions to make independent expenditures or electioneering communications.”

All of that information must be disclosed, according to the leaked executive order, so that the government can “ensure that its contracting decisions are merit-based in order to deliver the best value for the taxpayer.” While that may sound like the order is intended to expose sweetheart deals, it’ll also make it that much easier for federal agencies to deny contracts to firms that donated big bucks to Republican candidates.

The pro-DISCLOSE Act Sunlight Foundation, which posted a leaked copy of the order, suggests that “if the White House is going to pursue remedies through an Executive Order, though, the public should be included…[and] some public scrutiny and discussion of any CU EO should precede its issuance.”

Gee, you think?

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  • hugolawrence

    Obama will be fine with this EO until it starts working against him or benefitting the conservatives, at which point he will cry foul and demand a change to the system (probably blaming the republicans for it in the same breath). Obama is in so far over his head that it’s frightening. His history of decision making reveals his overwhelming absence of understanding, his defecit of maturity and a profound lack of respect for the constitution of the United States.

  • jmk1502

    Make the corporations disclose their back-room dealings and bribing.. I’m sorry, lobbying interests?? What on earth would be wrong with that? The neo-cons who now hold the majority on the SCOTUS (thanks Dumbya), those JUDICIAL ACTIVISTS, are an abomination.

    • truebearing

      You mean corporations like GE who made billions, paid no taxes, and are Obama cronies? Or are you babbling about Soros, Singer, Heinz, or any of the other Progressive billionaires who are illegally funneling money to the left?

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  • jackw3526

    Don’t you think it’s time a House Republican filed impeachment charges to distract Obama from his mission of ruining the economy and establishing a totalitarian state?

    • stoopdavydave

      There’s two ways to answer that:
      1/ hell yes!
      and
      2/ HELL yes !!
      Andrew Johnson was impeached for WAY less than this assclown gets away with on a routine basis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Norman-Klature/100000548066912 Norman Klature

    Let me be perfectly clear: GE has an automatic waiver.