Bid for a Govt Contracting Job, Obama Wants to Know Your Political Contributions – Unions Exempt

If you are a non-union contractor, and you want to bid for a Government job, Barack Obama wants to force you to disclose your political contributions, and he plans to do it by through an Executive Order. He has tried this through legislation: “…they lost in the Supreme Court, they lost in Congress, they lost at the FEC, so now the president is just going to do it by edict.”

How do we know something this lawlessness might go down through the Oval Office? A leak, of course, and not a WikiLeak. The leaker, a concerned America who is a former FEC Commissioner and now a Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Hans A. von Spakovsky, reports it under his own name at PajamasMedia. The Obama administration is circulating a draft Executive Order of plans to get around Congress and require that any company bidding for a government job must disclose their political contributions. Nothing American about that, and it gets worse:

From PajamasMedia:

Federal employee unions that negotiate contracts for their members worth many times the value of some government contracts are not affected by this order. Neither are the recipients of hundreds of millions of dollars of federal grants.

The President is trying to implement parts of the failed DISCLOSE Act. You may remember it from last Fall – the Democracy iStrengthened by Casting Light oSpending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act. Just the name should give us the creeps.

The quote in my first paragraph bears repeating, and is from von Spakovsky’s source:

It really is amazing — they lost in the Supreme Court, they lost in Congress, they lost at the FEC, so now the president is just going to do it by edict…

The proposed Executive Order says the goal is to “increase transparency and accountability” (unions exempted).

I want to give you a line from the the first Section of the Executive Order, and note that this source says the disclosures must be made two years back when submitting a bid:

Section 1. The Federal Government must ensure that its contracting decisions are merit-based in order to deliver the best value for the taxpayer.

It is incumbent that every stage of the contracting process – from appropriation to contract award to performance to post-performance review – be free from the undue influence of factors extraneous to the underlying merits of contracting decision making, such as political activity or political favoritism….

What does that leave us to believe? A contractor only has “merit” if it’s political contributions are made to Democrats?  You can read the pdf of the draft here.

Von Spakovsky:

The problem is that this will require companies to delve into the personal political activities of their officers and directors — and require them to report political contributions those employees have made, not out of corporate funds (which is illegal), but out of their personal funds…

The draft order also tries to interfere with the First Amendment rights of contractors. It requires them to disclose independent expenditures that can be made legally on everything from politics to grassroots lobbying on issues. This is clearly intended to deter charitable and other contributions to third-party organizations, since the contractors will have to report any such contributions made with the “reasonable expectation” that the money will be used for First Amendment-protected activities.

Karen at The Lonely Conservative is writing about this today, and says:

The other morning I was getting ready for work, listening to the news, and I remember thinking to myself “What happens when the leaders in our government disregard the rule of law? What are we in for?”

Doug Ross writes about this story today:

When it comes to the radical leftists controlling the Democrat Party, there really appears to be no limit to their disregard for the law.

The Democrats want ‘transparency and accountability’ requirements levied only upon their political enemies, presumably so that union thugs can harass private individuals. We saw them run this game-plan in Madison, where state officials were subjected to death threats and their homes picketed.

We are seeing the disintegration of the civil society occur right before our eyes.

Is there anyone in Obama’s cabinet or in Congress who will stand up and say, you must not do this; You are betraying the trust of the America people; You are governing by fiat; You are trampling the Constitution; and we will not abide it. Please follow the links above and learn everything you can about this next assault coming at us fast. Find contact information for your U.S. Representative here. Find contact information for your U.S. Senator here.

Others talking about this very important subject:

Pundit Press – and thanks for linking!

The Lonely Conservative – Unions Exempt from Obama’s Disclosure Order

The Other McCain – To Domestic Patriots: What are you doing about the Administration’s DISCLOSE Proposal

The Washington Examiner: Obama’s DISCLOSE Act end run

Bill Smith’s ARRA News – White House Continues Under Fire for DISCLOSE Act Proposal as Obama Raises Campaign Funds



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  • I guess he’s assuming there’ll be other Democrat presidents in our lifetime… the way things are going this time, I doubt it

  • I am no longer surprised at anything this administration tries to do. By now, this should be considered standard operating procedure for President Obama.

  • He is using DHS and military contractors to build his civilian national security force.

  • The foulest of balls always insist that they’re fair.

  • Bob Lindsay-Smith

    It sounds pretty reasonable to me that contractors should disclose their political contributions. Read ‘Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy’

    • I disagree. How is it anyone’s business who a contractor is donating their money to?

    • Bob Lindsay-Smith – how about the Unions?

  • Bob Lindsay-Smith

    You can read about the political contributions of the unions in, for example, the Wall Street Journal. The contributions made by every contracting company are not public knowledge.

    • But their political contributions will not be pertinent in the decision to use them or not. The non-union contractor’s contributions will be part of the bid, as it were.

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