Fight Big Business Takeover

by Rick Claypool, Public Citizen’s Online Action Team

action@citizen.org

“With each new campaign season, this dark money floods our airwaves with more and more political ads that pull our politics into the gutter,” President Barack Obama said in his state of the union speech.

He’s right: Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s appalling Citizens United ruling, political ads chock full of lies and distortions — and paid for by corporate dark money — just helped elect what could be the most Big Business-beholden Congress in history.

And while the Boehner-McConnell Congress is unlikely to pass disclosure legislation, the president can and should take executive action to shine light on corrupting dark money.

Tell President Obama: Use your executive authority to require government contractors to disclose their political spending.

The White House considered issuing an executive order in 2011 requiring corporations that do business with the government to disclose their political spending.

But corporate lobbying groups like U.S. Chamber of Commerce wailed and gnashed their teeth at the very notion of disclosure, and the president backed down.

But here’s something else President Obama said during the State of the Union:

“I have no more campaigns to run.”

Which means the president has no more excuses for backing down on this commonsense measure to ensure that government contracts are awarded based on merit — not which companies spent most generally to boost candidates’ election campaigns.

Sign the petition: Urge the president to bring our politics out of the gutter and fight for disclosure.

Thanks for all you do.

Onward,

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