Urge President Obama to Fight Corruption With an Executive Order

Excerpt from: Democrats.com

Right now, corporations that get government contracts can secretly spend untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the lawmakers who oversee the contracting process. The opportunity for corrupt contract-buying is clear.

  • Please join Public Citizen in urging President Obama to issue an Executive Order requiring corporations that bid for government contracts to disclose all of their campaign spending.

Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.
Thanks for all you do!

Bob Fertik

Corporate behemoths like Chevron, Verizon and Lockheed Martin are snout-deep in the taxpayer trough.

Even companies affiliated with the infamously anti-tax, supposedly anti-cronyism Koch brothers have received $100 million from federal coffers in recent years.

And here’s what is truly outrageous:

  • Corporations that have government contracts can secretly spend untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process!

But President Obama can fix the problem with the stroke of a pen. Urge President Obama to issue an executive order requiring that federal contractors disclose their political spending.
President Obama has expressed his strong support for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous and corrupting Citizens United ruling.

But actions speak louder than words.

If the president wants to fight corruption, he doesn’t need to wait for Congress and the states to pass a constitutional amendment.

President Obama can use his authority RIGHT NOW to require corporations with business before the government to be transparent about their electioneering activities — allowing voters to see for themselves if their members of Congress seem to owe Big Business any big favors.

  • Add your name to Public Citizen’s petition urging President Obama to require disclosure of election spending by federal contractors.

If allowed to continue, parasitic corporations will keep siphoning our tax dollars into profit-driven boondoggles, even as congressional austerity extremists clamor for cuts to programs that assist struggling Americans.

Let’s end the cycle of corruption.


Robert Weissman
President, Public Citizen

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