Thanks to Citizens United, government contractors can pump unlimited money into elections without disclosure.
It’s a big problem, and potentially a cause for corruption. A study of government contracts awarded from 1979 to 2006 found that “for each additional $201,220 in campaign contributions, a company can expect to add 107 additional government contracts over what we would otherwise expect them to obtain, given their history and reputation.” And that’s before the recent court decisions loosened disclosure requirements!
But President Obama can do something right now, without Congress, to reform our broken campaign finance system. Here’s how:
“There is a simple way that President Obama can address the issue of dark money and advance the cause of transparency. The President should sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their contributions to dark-money groups.”
~ Katrina vanden Heuvel, July 14, 2015
The public has a right to know if federal contractors are trying to buy our politicians for financial gain. That’s why it’s time for President Obama to act.
If you agree, please sign our petition asking the President to require government contractors to disclose their campaign spending: http://act.endcitizensunited.org/Unmask-Donors