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      Wednesday
      Jan112012

      Progressives Pushing Obama to Order Disclosures of Campaign Contributions by Federal Contractors

      President Obama may order the disclosure of $541 billion in campaign contributions by corporations with federal contracts, as a response to secret Super-Pacs and the Citizens United ruling. Such a move would infuriate defense contractors and big corporations and draw a sharp line for the 2012 elections debate.

      Over 60 House members, led by Rep. Anna Eshoo, have been pushing Obama for months to issue the order. It would be an incendiary step, but would be strongly backed by citizens groups and the mainstream media. The order would be the only initiative exposing the role of money in politics during the election year.

      In July 2011, Eshoo sent a letter, signed by 62 House Democrats, urging President Obama to issue the executive order. Now, according to Public Citizen, the pressure is picking up.

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