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Obama and the Democrats pledged the most transparent administration ever, and they weren’t kidding. What’s easier to see through than a statement that implies with all the subtlety of a baseball bat to the groin, “If your company donated money to Republicans instead of Democrats, you’re probably not going to get government contracts”?
The Obama administration is considering a number of measures to compel disclosure of the kind of anonymous campaign contributions that helped finance millions of dollars of attack ads against Democrats during the 2010 elections.
The White House last week began circulating a draft executive order that would require companies seeking government contracts to disclose contributions â€“ including those that otherwise would have been secret â€“ to groups that air political ads attacking or supporting candidates.
Another way to phrase this, especially with 2012 just around the corner, could be, “Give money to Democrats next year and you just might (you never know) be more likely to get that government contract you’re bidding on.” The nudge factor in this is so high that it’ll knock you out of your chair.
Here’s the funny part: in the draft executive order that may end up in political affiliation or leanings of government contractors (or would-be contractors) be disclosed in all bids, it’s ordered that political favoritism will play no part in the decision-making process if this is implemented:
Politics can’t play a part when the government makes its decision? Uh-huh… in that case, why do this at all? Wouldn’t the best way to ensure that politics plays no part to be to avoid politics altogether?
You’ll notice too that Obama’s possible attempt to impose the DISCLOSE Act in spite of Congress, the FEC and the Supreme Court knocking it down is directed only toward government contracters — the companies themselves and their management… not the unions. That’s not surprising at all, just worth noting.
The Obama Administration’s quest for transparency: Mission Accomplished!â„¢
Update: The road to transparency in the era of Hope & Change is, of course, a one-way street:
Pres. Obama often trumpets that his White House is more transparent and open than any other. But it’s clear he does not apply that approach to his political fund-raising.
The president attended three fundraisers last Thursday in Chicago. His political operation revealed the price range of tickets, from $100 to $35,800 per person, and also disclosed the number of people in attendance. But it declined to provide an official estimate of how much money would be raised. Reporters could try to estimate the amounts.