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Broad Coalition Urges Prompt Action by President Obama on Draft Executive Order to Reveal Secret Political Spending by Government Contractors

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. groups representing more than 30 organizations will hold a press conference on Capitol Hill in support of a draft White House executive order to require disclosure of secret political spending by government contractors. The organizations are urging President Obama to promptly sign the executive order and will unveil a citizens’ petition and letter to be delivered to the White House.

The press conference will address the vast amount of disinformation leveled at the draft executive order since it was leaked last month to opponents of the executive order.

What: Press Conference and release of citizens petition in support of proposed White House executive order to reveal secret political spending of government contractors.

When: 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 4


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Campaign Legal Center
Common Cause
Democracy 21
Public Citizen

Other groups supporting the executive order:
Center for Corporate Policy
Center for Media and Democracy
Citizen Works
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Consumer Watchdog
Corporate Ethics International/Business Ethics Network
Democracy for America
Democracy Matters
League of Women Voters of the United States
Michigan Campaign Finance Network
National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)
Ohio Citizen Action’s Money in Politics Project
OMB Watch
Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG)
People for the American Way
Project on Government Oversight (POGO)
Public Campaign
Sanford Lewis, Counsel, Investor Environmental Health Network
Social Equity Group
Union of Concerned Scientists
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Wisconsin Voices


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