Obama’s Executive Order Out To Revamp Citizens United (View The EO)

April 21, 2011
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According to a leaked White House memo (see below) , Obama plans to create new campaign finance rules via fiat by signing an executive order revamping the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court.

The EO “would require all companies that sign contracts with the federal government to report on the personal political activities of their officers and directors.”

And by “political activities,” Obama means: “all contributions or expenditures to or on behalf of federal candidates, parties or party committees made by the bidding entity, its directors or officers, or any affiliates within its control; and any contributions made to third party entities with the intention or reasonable expectation that parties would use those contributions to make independent expenditures or electioneering communications.”

Mitch McConnell called the proposal an “outrageous and anti-Democratic abuse of executive branch authority,” and went on to say, “Just last year, the Senate rejected a cynical effort to muzzle critics of this administration and its allies in Congress.

Copy of the EO

Republicans must hate the idea of corporations like Halliburton or Koch Industries losing the ability to contribute unlimited money to legislators for special treatment in securing government contracts, especially no-bid contracts like the ones Dick Cheney’s company’s received in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hat tip to Politcus and the Sunlight Foundation

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  • jd

    WTF are you talking about? Under the guise of the First Amendment, which protects free speech, Citizens United allows billionaires, powerful corporations and their executives to put unlimited sums of money into campaigns without even having to be identified.

  • jeff

    Obviously, none of the above have read Citizen’s United or you wouldn’t be trumpeting this assault on freedom of speech. Oh? Do I mean that bygone relic of that bygone document called the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES???? YES. THAT DOCUMENT!!

  • mike

    This exec order will save our elections period from heads of corps able to give an unlimited amount of funds to further there agenda. Remember in the preamble of the constitution it says “we the PEOPLE” not “we the CORPORATION”

  • Dave1

    F*uck that sometimes right. Bush’s executive orders killed hundreds of thousands of people. this will save lives like those in Michigan

  • sometimes right

    will you now hail Bush’s executive orders. if it wasn’t for w this wouldn’t be happening

  • deb

    sharing this story all over the web

  • Dave1

    Nice to wake up to a story like this. The WH will post the final EO online before Obama signs it. I’ll keep my eyes pealed and get back to you.

  • FlamingLiberl

    dear god make sure the president signs this thankyou

  • jack34

    Now that’s progressive

  • FlamingLiberl

    OHMIGOD jd if this happens what a coup

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