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Opponents of Proposed Executive Order to Expose Government Contractors' Donations Favor RepublicansSalem-News.com
Republicans ask Obama to reconsider signing it.
(BERKELEY, Calif.) - President Obama has circulated a draft of an executive order to require all organizations that receive government contracts to reveal donations to political candidates, candidate committees, and third-party donors, such as the Chamber of Commerce, according to the Atlantic.
Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which are among the prominent business groups that oppose the order, have given approximately three times as much in reported campaign contributions since 2001 to Republican lawmakers elected since the 109th Congress as they have to Democrats.
According to the draft order, donations requiring disclosure are those that total over $5,000 to a given recipient within one year. Republicans in both the House and Senate have submitted letters to the President, questioning the wisdom of the order, and asking him to reconsider signing it. The number two ranked Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer, has also voiced his objection to the proposal.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org
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