Press Release: Advocacy Orgs Urge Obama to Sign Disclosure Exec. Order This Week
Defy Chamber, McConnell and Others Working to Undermine Campaign Finance Reform
Powerful Tool to Make Political Spending by Corporations Public
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In light of reports that President Obama may sign an executive order, in the face of dogged opposition, requiring disclosure of donations by those who seek contracts with the federal government, Kevin Zeese, an attorney with CampaignAccountabilityWatch.org (CAW) released the following statement:
"President Obama has the opportunity to greatly minimize the impact of money on the corruption of politics by taking two actions. First, sign the executive order requiring disclosure of political donations by people who receive contracts from the federal government. Second, enforce existing campaign finance and tax laws so that non-profit organizations are not illegally used to hide the identity of large individual and corporate donors. A tax and campaign finance enforcement investigation of the misuse of non-profits in the 2010 election will show donors they risk prosecution for evading federal campaign finance laws as do the people working with non-profits who do so. Transparency is a powerful antidote to corruption."
CAW believes that the President should ignore the hypocritical opposition by the Chamber of Commerce and the GOP Senators led by Mitch McConnell, whose goals are to only undermine campaign finance reform and FEC oversight.
CAW is a coalition by advocacy groups dedicated to fair and transparent elections representing over a million members.