January 24, 2012 •
Renewed Call for Executive Order Requiring Disclosure of Federal Contractors’ Political Contributions
Petitions with more than 100,000 signatures have been submitted to the White House urging the president to require federal contractors to disclose political contributions.
Last spring a leaked draft executive order requiring vendors submitting offers for federal contracts to disclose political contributions and expenditures resulted in both fervent support and opposition. A compromise amendment was inserted into the 565-page National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2012, which passed in December, precluding federal agencies from requiring vendors bidding on federal contracts to disclose political contributions.
In their press release arguing for full transparency of corporate political spending, Public Citizen and MoveOn.org explained its petitions are asking for disclosures after the contracts are awarded.
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