Citizen Groups Urge President to Issue Executive Order Mandating Federal Contractors Disclose Political Spending

Posted April 8, 2015

MP3 Interview with Aquene Freechild, co-director of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign, conducted by Scott Harris

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Ever since the controversial Supreme Court rulings in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. FEC cases that opened the floodgates of unlimited and unaccountable money in U.S. election campaigns, activists across the country have been working to reverse the decisions. But short of a constitutional amendment, which requires approval by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and House, followed by two-thirds of the 50 states ratifying the measure, progress will be incremental.

On April 2, a rally was held at the White House, and at dozens of other locations around the country, calling on President Obama to issue an executive order mandating that corporations with federal government contracts disclose their political spending. The drive for an executive order is being organized by 55 advocacy organizations, whose members delivered 550,000 petition signatures in support of the measure at the White House rally.

With half a trillion dollars spent annually on federal contracts, there’s ample opportunity for corporations that have, or are seeking federal contracts, to secretly funnel large sums of money to influence the very same lawmakers who cast votes on awarding those contracts. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Aquene Freechild, co-director of Public Citizen’s Democracy is For People campaign. Here, she talks about why a coalition of citizens groups are working to convince President Obama to issue an executive order that requires federal contractors to disclose their political spending.

For more information on Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign, visit Citizen.org.

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