Friday, April 22, 2011

Government (potentially) to contractors: What have you done for your Party lately?

So there's a draft executive order circulating that would require companies seeking federal contracts to disclose any "political contributions" made by their officers, directors or subsidiaries that add up to more than $5,000 so they can be posted online.

GovExec explains in some detail, playing off a further detailed and link-rich blog item at OMB Watch.

So would this be a clean-government measure for the benefit of an indignant American public, or would it perhaps equally be a convenience for practitioners of dirty government who want to see that those, ah, contributions did take place? According to GovExec I'm not alone in wondering. It quotes Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., of the House Small Business Committee, as writing to the White House: "This order will either intimidate contractors not to get involved in politics, or make them believe that they need to contribute to the party in power if they want to compete for contracts."

They couldn't just make a rule against awarding contracts to contributors at all?

Oh. Right. The danged Supremes again.

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