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Reform Groups Support Letter in Favor of President Obama’s Proposed Transparency Executive Order

Yesterday a group of 25 Representatives wrote a letter to President Obama expressing support for his draft executive order to require disclosure of campaign spending by government contractors. The Brennan Center, and five other reform groups, support this important effort and join in urging the president to sign the order promptly.

June 3, 2011

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Washington, DC – Yesterday Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), and 23 others, wrote a letter to President Obama expressing their strong support for the April 13 draft executive order to require full disclosure of campaign spending and contributions by business entities that seek federal government contracts. 

The letter states, “This executive order, if finalized and implemented, would represent a big step forward. Political contributions should not affect the awarding of federal contracts. The best way to guard against this is through disclosure of contributions and any possible conflicts of interest. President Obama is right to address this current gray area and he deserves to know that there is backing for such disclosure on Capitol Hill.”

The organizations listed above strongly support this important anti-secrecy effort and join in urging President Obama to sign the Executive Order promptly.

To read the lawmakers’ letter to Obama, visit: http://www.citizen.org/documents/Letter-EO-Contractor-Contributions-20110602.pdf