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Obama To Block Contracts To GOP Donors

From an unfazed Politico:

W.H. mulls limits to anonymous gifts

By: Kenneth P. Vogel
April 19, 2011

The Obama administration is considering a number of measures to compel disclosure of the kind of anonymous campaign contributions that helped finance millions of dollars of attack ads against Democrats during the 2010 elections.

And never mind that the "millions of dollars" is a Democrat propaganda fantasy. And never mind that Obama has profited like no one ever has from his highly questionable anonymous donations of $250 or less. (Some of which came from the Middle East, probably including Hamas.)

And never mind that the Supreme Court has ruled that the contributions in question are perfectly legal. And that he is suggesting measures that even a Democrat-controlled Congress has refused to pass.

The White House last week began circulating a draft executive order that would require companies seeking government contracts to disclose contributions – including those that otherwise would have been secret – to groups that air political ads attacking or supporting candidates.

Or, to put it another way, if you give money to Republicans, say goodbye to ever getting another government contract.

By the way, as we noted back in February of 2010, Mr. Obama has already initiated an executive order which effectively refuses government contracts to any company that does not employ his union foot soldiers.

This is third world, banana republic style politics at its finest. Even Hugo Chavez must be envious.

The proposed order follows several actions by regulatory agencies that have a similar intent of making corporate and individual donations more transparent.

Last month the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a decree that could result in shareholders having more say in corporate election spending. Democratic appointees to the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission are pushing measures that could make public currently anonymous contributions to outside groups.

The Democratic FEC commissioners are also trying to restrict political spending by U.S. subsidiaries of foreign corporations.

Which amounted to a whopping $885,000 last year, according to even the most rabidly leftwing accusations. And, by the way, these are actually donations from US citizens who just happen to be working abroad.

Taken together, the moves represent a broad administrative push to implement reforms that Congress failed to pass last year to blunt the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United vs. FEC in January 2010.

That decision prompted a deluge of outside advertising that liberals say favored Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections.

Which is, a total lie. Meanwhile, union donations and union payments in kind – such as manning phone banks and ringing door bells – have no limits whatsoever. Indeed, these unions are even tax exempt.

Administration critics, including the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are seizing on the White House’s draft executive order, in particular, as evidence of an attempt to use executive power to punish or silence political adversaries, while rewarding supporters.

Which, of course, is the undeniable truth.

Calling the draft executive order “an affront to the separation of powers … (and) to free speech,” chamber spokeswoman Blair Latoff said it “lays the groundwork for a political litmus test for companies that wish to do business with the federal government” and is “less about disclosure than intimidation.”

But congressional Democrats and White House allies applauded the draft executive order as an overdue effort to prevent the 2012 elections from being hijacked by undisclosed big moneyed special interests – on both sides of the partisan divide.

“The fact that congressional Republicans may oppose disclosure does not mean that efforts to obtain it are, by definition, partisan,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a non-profit group that pushes for stricter campaign finance rules, and that opposed Citizens United in its Supreme Court challenge.

Needless to say, Democracy 21 is a Democrat front group funded by George Soros. (See more about Democracy 21 below.)

The draft executive order, which the White House is circulating for comment among agencies, says its goal is to “increase transparency and accountability” and “ensure the integrity of the federal contracting system” by requiring companies submitting bids for federal work to disclose contributions made within the last two years by their officers and directors to federal candidates and parties.

Such contributions already have to be reported to the FEC, but the executive order also would require disclosure of contributions or expenditures made by a company’s officers and directors, as well as the company and its affiliates, to support candidates, including those “made to third party entities with the intention or reasonable expectation that parties would use those contributions to make independent expenditures or electioneering communications.”

That way CEOs can look forward to having their houses picketed and their families terrorized by Mr. Obama’s hired goons.

The White House declined to comment on the draft, but it seems likely to quiet some criticism Obama has been facing from advocates for stricter campaign finance regulations. They contend Obama has failed to live up to his campaign promise to reduce the influence of big money in politics…

What a laugh. Mr. Obama also promised to run using public financing. He is now bragging that he will raise more than a billion dollars for his 2012 campaign.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former GOP appointee to the FEC who first revealed the circulating draft, pointed out that it does not seem to apply to Democratic-allied groups that either receive grants from the federal government, or unions that negotiate contracts with it.

“The fact is that they’re only extending it to the one group that they think is probably going to hurt them politically, as opposed to unions and groups like Planned Parenthood, which are going to help them, shows that there is a political agenda for doing this,” he told POLITICO.

“This president in two years hasn’t made the transition from being a candidate to being a president and I think this is just also evidence of that,” he said of the executive order, asserting that it, combined with the regulatory processes at play at the FEC, SEC and FCC, represent a “very anti-democratic” circumvention of Congress.

“When the Democrats can’t get something through Congress, they turn to these regulatory agencies and try to get them to implement what they couldn’t get through legislation,” he said…

Which is what every Democrat alwaysdoes. The laws, the Constitution itself, mean nothing to them. All they care about is amassing power and finding ways to buy more votes. The Democrat Party of today is just Tammany Hall writ large.

By the way, here is more on Democracy 21 from Discover The Networks:

Democracy 21

… A notable Democracy 21 Board member is Nick Ucci, the Executive Vice President and CFO of People For the American Way. Like Wertheimer, Ucci also worked for Common Cause, where he served as the organization’s Senior Vice President for Management and Financial Planning.

Democracy 21 is a member organization of Fair Taxes For All, an anti-tax cut coalition co-chaired by People For the American Way, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Women’s Law Center, AFSCME, Campaign for America’s Future, and USAction. Other member organizations include: ACORN; the American Friends Service Committee; the Center for Community Change; the Center For Women’s Policy Studies; the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; the Children’s Defense Fund; Defenders of Wildlife; Democratic Socialists of America; Earthjustice; Friends of the Earth; the League of Women Voters; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; MoveOn; the Ms. Foundation for Women; the NAACP; the National Council for Research on Women; the National Council of La Raza; the National Council of Women’s Organizations; the National Organization for Women; the National Partnership for Women and Families; the National Urban League; the Older Women’s League; Public Citizen; the Service Employees International Union; the Shefa Fund; the Sierra Club; and the Wilderness Society.

Democracy 21 has received heavy funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Joyce Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

In other words, they are just another facet of the incredibly incestuous Democrat political machine.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Obama To Block Contracts To GOP Donors”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    We knew that he would abuse the executive order power. And we knew he would abuse it especially with a republican congress. But I’m of the mind where I just don’t care anymore. He’s a dictator and grabbing more and more power and he knows that Boner and the rest of the RINO’s won’t say a word. They have become relativists, thinking that each government can operate under variable conditions in infinitely variable ways.

    This is the biggest problem that I have and the fact that if I acted the way they do, I’d be in prison for a very long time. This is the very thing that this nation fought a bloody war over in 1776, and the very process of how our government works has been under assault ever since the Bill Of Rights was ratified. Socialists have always been here, in varying degrees. Now we are experiencing what happens when both sides of the argument have lost sight of what’s right. But really, I shouldn’t be surprised.

    We, as a nation have taught ourselves how to be master manipulators and how to survive in all the folds of the socio-political environment. I see it and despise it because I think for myself and absolutely abhor and disdain political behavior; Especially when it’s for the purpose of maintaining politics alone. Boner again has proven himself a monumental disappointment for the voice of conservative America and taken hold of the controls of the bulldozer that’s going to bury the United States.

    I think it’s going to be permanent and we’re going to have a “system” that for the second half of my life, I’m going to have to consult the government for everything. If I want to plant a tree, put in a light bulb or take a crap…I’m going to have to fill out a form and get an official okie-dokie from the rat-bastard elite ruling class.

    I quit.

    • proreason says:

      The founding fathers went to war over abuses that were far less than those the boy king has forced down our throat.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Gosh that Donald Trump, what a bad dood.

    • proreason says:

      copied from a post at another anonymous site by some dood that uses my handle:

      “Trump is making life easy for Sarah. That’s his mission and he’s doing it well.

      Who’s finally getting the issue of the Criminal in Chief’s past on the table? Who’s exposing the rank hyprocricy of the Make Believe Media? Who’s hammering the issue of incompetancy? Who’s assiduously avoiding the policy issues that most appeal to conservatives, while at the same time pointing out the destructive failure of the administration’s policies? Who is reminding America in the most culturally penetrating way that business is what brings wealth and well-being to the United States? Who’s demonstrating that a candidate doesn’t have to sit quietly and let an arrogant socialist journalist pick him apart? Who praises Sarah Palin, zings Mitt Romney, and says nothing about the 20 dwarfs? Who’s taking the heat while all of the other candidates get a breather?

      Did you ever stop to think why the dominant voice of conservatism in this country, Rush Limbaugh, doesn’t hammer a guy like Trump? After all, even though Trump is certainly conservative after witnessing the engine of marxist destruction for two years, he has spent his entire life doing and saying things that Limbaugh would ordinarilly devote weeks of his show to denouncing?

      It’s because Trump is setting the table for 2012. When the Donald returns to managing his business empire in a month or so, every Republican in the field, and particularly Sarah, is going to look like a dignified statesmen…but they will all know how to bring the fight to the most dangerous man in the world.

      Today, Drudge’s top headline is Corsi’s expose book, still weeks away from publication.

      Whoever figured this campaign out is a genius.”

    • tranquil.night says:

      Heh. It could all still turn out to be some grand failure or hoax but that Drudge headline has me all but convinced now. Wow.

      “When Donald Trump said he sent PIs to Hawaii to get to the bottom of all this, he meant this book,” declares an insider.

      http://drudgereport.com/flash7.htm

      It’s worked on Mittoast too. He had to come on Hannity and puff out his feathers a bit with some poll-test tough talk on Obama. So I’m not buying it that Trump at least isn’t having some positive impact on the conversation. The antics particularly help Palin but they can help Mittoast too for the same reasons, getting him to come out of his shell a bit, and I got no problem with that.

      If Mittoast can convince the Republicans that his professional nice guy semi-Bushian tip-toe approach is going to be the better choice for defeating Obama then game on.

  3. Bayou Babe says:

    Soros is a despicable creature, is the architect of the country’s destruction and no one, with any power, seems to have the courage to stop him. He owns the Poodle-in-Chief.

    • tranquil.night says:

      It’s not over yet. The Lords of the Flies are about to meet the Patriot A Team. Keep the faith!

  4. fallingpianos says:

    I take this article to be yet another tacit admission that Democrats are so inept and incompetent that they require handicaps in order to raise funds and win elections.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Damn right! Same with any sudden movement on the Amnesty front – all about votes. Think they might’ve heard a particular message coming from Wisconsin? Not talking about the Ryan budget!

  5. fjmathis says:

    I don’t know how much more this nation can take. We HAVE to get this man out of office!!!!

  6. bill says:

    Obama showing he is nothing but a third world thug … Wait a minute, isn’t that what the birth certificate is all about?

  7. canary says:

    I saw this coming the moment Obama was elected.

    Did anyone notice you are directed to put your phone number next to signature and date of tax form.
    The block to the right for you phone number is shadowed “gray”.

    No, “please provide your phone number” “no optional”. So, who knows if it’s required.

    That gray block doesn’t mean they care about your sig. Scan those suckers and the gray gives a list of phone numbers. Aside the IRS “selling your phone number” to who knows who, or most likely “giving your phone number to the Democratic party”.

    Why give your phone number, when they can get it.

    • BillK says:

      “Get it?” From where?

      Many – perhaps even a majority – of people now exclusive use their cell phones or Internet VOIP services from their cable company.

      In both cases, the numbers are effectively unlisted; there’s no “directory assistance” to call to find such numbers, nor are they published online or elsewhere.

      In short, phone numbers from anyone BUT your local landline phone company are now unpublished.

    • Right of the People says:

      Bill,

      You might be surprised but there is a listing of cellphone numbers available to government agencies. When I worked for the Border Patrol, our Intel section had a website they could go to a track down any cellphone number in the country and in Canada too.

      The best thing if you want to be truly anonymous is to only use your cell when you need it and turn it off when you’re done, that way the GPS that’s in every phone is not activated. Someday I’m sure they’ll find a way to talk to a powered off cellphone but not yet.

      As incompetent are our guvmint is, they still have a lot of scary stuff.

  8. Petronius says:

    “The White House last week began circulating a draft executive order….”

    Anybody remember Paul Begala’s remark on Bill Clinton’s misuse of executive orders (1998)?

    “Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Kinda cool.”

    Well, you’ve seen it before and you’re about to see it again.

    In former times it used to be called tyranny.

  9. wirenut says:

    The stairwell to Hell has just been freshly painted and now, is well greased. All Aboard!!! Why is it that the weak minded libtards can’t compete? Cowardice and a backroom deal seems fitting.

  10. Mithrandir says:

    OLD SOVIET RUSSIA, AND OLD NAZI GERMANY

    If you’re part of the official party, you get all the jobs, black market items, all the contracts, and all the benefits deliberately withheld from the commoners.

    People always ask, “Why didn’t the Germans stand up to the Nazi regime?”—the same reason people don’t stand up to THIS regime…..you don’t complain when the slot machine starts paying out on your behalf no matter how unfair or unethical it is.

    *It’s like people in a restaurant line complaining about the ‘fat pigs’ taking their sweet-a** time eating. When it is your turn at the trough, you pull the window shades down.


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