Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Obama to give unions a pass on disclosure of campaign contributions

President Obama is preparing to implement parts of the Disclose Act by executive order. He wants to force companies getting government contracts to disclose campaign contributions. He doesn't feel the same way about his union buddies.
Washington (CNS News) — In what the White House calls a push for transparency, a pending executive order would require companies doing business with the federal government to disclose political contributions to independent groups, but would not place the same requirement on public employee unions or federal grant recipients that typically donate to Democrats.

Entitled the “Disclosure of Political Spending By Government Contractors,” the order would implement parts of the DISCLOSE Act, which failed to get through Congress last year. The legislation sought to restrict campaign speech after the landmark Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right of corporations and unions to donate to campaigns.

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