It is reasonable, constitutional and appropriate for the president in his duties to the American Public as the ‘Administrator-in-Chief’ to make those companies seeking federal contracts disclose their political spending. We have a right to know how they spend money politically. Even the Citizens United v FEC majority decision cites DISCLOSURE as the first remedy.
The president is expected to administer the government effectively. This disclosure is one of the simplest ways, not involving a constitutional amendment or the passage of new laws, to make governance more accountable. But it does still require the president to make the call and administer his spending programs with this requirement going forward.
You may have previously signed a petition on this matter. If so, THANK YOU. Petitions have been delivered from several organizations to the White House over the last year and they have moved the debate closer to victory. But now we are approaching a moment of truth. The president is expected to decide soon. It’s time to make a direct appeal.
Like most of the ‘Clicktivism’ campaigns we have suggested to you before, this one is really quite easy. You call a number; you’re routed to a Comments Line at the White House. You speak your mind free form or simply read from the script. For the author of this blog it took about two minutes to get through and then say, “I want the president to sign an executive order demanding that federal contractors disclose their political spending.”
Common Cause explains the Action Here. <–Click the link
Common Cause will guide you through the action and help you then spread the word for others to join our effort. Please note that the action STARTED on June 8th, but will remain active for the remainder of this week and into next week. But the sooner you call, the more obvious our coordinated effort will be to those in White House. It’s easy, so why not do it now?
I think it’s time to start pointing the corruption issue directly at the president. No, I’m not accusing Barack Obama of hiding bags of money in his freezer, nor am I complaining about corporate friendly policies he’s backed, although he’s backed some that have been troubling. But thinking strategically, we should be holding Obama to his own words on money in politics and lobbying. In “Republic, Lost,” Lawrence Lessig waxes poetic about Obama’s encouraging rhetoric leading into the 2008 election. And then Lessig points dismally to what really transpired.
To me this was always one of the singularly more promising aspects of candidate Obama and I KNOW personally several libertarians and conservatives who voted for him on that basis alone. The media hyped up Obama’s lyrical pronouncements – stuff about changing the business-as-usual culture in Washington and shutting the revolving door to K-Street, but the media had no interest in the real underlying promise. As soon as Obama was elected, we were right back to chasing one crisis after another and picking deeply partisan sides on everything. Why should the media have pressed Obama? The money wars are fought within the framework of media. They’re the beneficiaries. Only Obama himself can change the narrative.
So it seems that reaching Obama could matter. It takes 100,000 signatures to get a response from him directly. What we want is a truly one-issue face-forward press conference promoting his-own campaign promise – a public setting of priorities that puts the corrupting influence of money in politics squarely at the top. Sure the president will be distracted by more crisis-governance in the next few months. But maybe, just maybe he’ll also consider that setting this priority will allow him to control the narrative and more pieces on the chess board. Who knows, but we can’t complain if we haven’t tried. Please join me in telling the president to SAY IT.
“The number one priority in America should be to reduce the corrupting influence of money in the America political system.”