For Immediate Release
6 Reform Groups Support the Letter of 25 Representatives in Favor of President Obama’s Proposed Transparency Executive Order
WASHINGTON - Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) and 25 others wrote a letter yesterday to President Barack Obama expressing their strong support for his April 13 draft executive order to require full disclosure of campaign spending and contributions by business entities that seek federal government contracts.
The lawmakers’ 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 Obama to sign the executive order promptly.
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