Obama’s EO threat “Nixonian”

posted at 3:35 pm on May 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

So says Charles Kadlec at Forbes, who should know.  Kadlec found out first-hand during Richard Nixon’s imposition of wage and price controls in the 1970s, when businessmen refused to go on the record out of fear that the President would put them out of business.  Kadlec sees the threat of an executive order forcing senior management at government contractors to confess all of their political donations — including, for the first time, donations to independent organizations — as a means to create another Presidential “enemies list”:

President Barack Obama is reportedly about to sign an executive order that would vastly expand the power of his administration to coerce and intimidate the private sector into submission while restricting the ability of his opponents to engage in political activities.

The order would require any company bidding for a government contract, its political action committee – and its senior officers—to provide in a convenient single report a list of all of their contributions to political parties and candidates for the past two years.  These disclosures currently are required, but made in various reports to different government agencies.  In addition, for the first time ever, companies and individuals would be required to report donations to “third party entities” including membership dues and charitable donations made to organizations that may engage in political speech in addition to their other activities.

“This information could easily be used to form a Nixonian enemies list on steroids,” explains Sean Parnell, president of the Center for Competitive Politics.

Similar disclosure requirements were in a bill that last year’s Democratic Senate was unwilling to pass.   By signing the order, President Obama would override the democratic process and rule, instead, by decree.

Kadlec isn’t alone in those concerns.  Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee, asked OMB Director Jack Lew to provide some answers to the panel on exactly what Obama intends to do with the information.  When Lew declined to appear, Issa and Small Business Committee chair Sam Graves threatened to start issuing subpoenas to White House staff:

Republican Reps. Darrell Issa and Sam Graves are signaling their intent to subpoena a top Obama administration official to testify about a controversial White House proposal that conservatives allege is an attempt to intimidate administration critics.

White House budget director Jack Lew, in a Friday letter, declined a request from Issa and Graves to testify at a Thursday joint hearing of their committees on a draft presidential order that would require companies seeking government contracts to disclose contributions.

“Unfortunately, because this hearing concerns a draft presidential executive order that is still moving through the standard review and feedback process, we will be unable to testify,” wrote Lew, who heads the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Issa (R-Calif.) and Graves (R-Mo.) responded Monday with a sharply critical letter, concluding, “If the OMB continues to demonstrate an unwillingness to cooperate fully with the Committee’s oversight function, we will be required to consider the use of compulsory process.”

The White House will almost certainly claim executive privilege to block the enforcement of the subpoenas, but that’s only going to apply while the EO is still under consideration.  Once Obama signs it, Congress will have a right to oversee the enforcement, including and especially how Obama intends to use the data. Executive privilege only relates to advice given to the President, not the operations of the executive branch.

Be sure to read Kadlec’s entire essay.  His point about setting precedents for future presidencies is especially apt.

Update: Steny Hoyer isn’t too fond of the idea, either:

A White House plan to require federal contractors to disclose political contributions could politicize the bidding process and undermine its integrity, the second-ranking House Democrat warned Tuesday.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said government contracts should be awarded based solely on the reputation of the company and the substance of its bid. The issue of political contributions, he said, has no place in the process.

“The issue of contracting ought to be on the merits of the contractor’s application and bid and capabilities,” Hoyer told reporters at the Capitol. “There are some serious questions as to what implications there are if somehow we consider political contributions in the context of awarding contracts.”

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By signing the order, President Obama would override the democratic process and rule, instead, by decree.

fascism. softcore, but still fascism.

Can’t get a law passed, so just rule by fiat.

rbj on May 10, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Thugocracy full steam ahead.

fossten on May 10, 2011 at 3:40 PM

A Congressional little oversight is suggested, and suddenly, the “most transparent, most ethical, most open, most honest Administration in world history” clams up tighter than a dolphin’s butt.

Good Lt on May 10, 2011 at 3:41 PM

The Dem thugs will see the light when the Reps are in charge.

obladioblada on May 10, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Scary. More like Venezuela every day.

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

“If Bush did it” example #12,695.

So how safe will you feel driving over the bridge constructed by a firm chosen for their political donations as opposed to their expertise.

Bishop on May 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Funny how this is surfacing at the same time as the pardon request by the late George Steinbrenner for his Watergate-era illegal campaign donation to Nixon is being shown to the public.

Steinbrenner, before buying the Yankees, was in the shipbuilding industry and contended for years that he only made the donation due to veiled threats from CREEP that, if he didn’t donate to Nixon, he’d have all his shipbuilding contracts with the government ceased.

teke184 on May 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

“Nice bid you got there. It’d be a shame to see anything happen to it”….

44Magnum on May 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Progressivism

cartooner on May 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Come on Issa, do something besides a threat of subpoena, actually DO it! bho and team needs to account for what they are doing. All this wishy washy threats mean nothing if you don’t follow through.
L

letget on May 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

teke184 on May 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

link?

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Wow, that’s evil.

tinkerthinker on May 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Issa has done a good bit of threatening, but has he actually followed through on anything?

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 3:46 PM

I can imagine crr6 on the phone with Axelrod as I type this:

“Are you guys serious right now? You have have asked me to defend some pretty ridiculous sh!t in the past, but this is beyone the pale…there better be backstage passes to Real Time with Bill Mahr stapled to my next paycheck or we’re all done here!”

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Issa threatens subpoenas.

Where is the ‘steely’ Issa?

The right are wussies extraordinaire. What the media don’t do, because most are Obama-asscrawlers, the right could. Alas, they will waste 1001 opportunities and let the socialist skate.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2011 at 3:46 PM

OT – Obama claimed today, in other words, that every illegal brought into the land will bring 1 million dollars. The deficit/debt are solved. Gutsy!

Go fetch yourselves a few, while the grabbing is on.

Smartest man evah!!!

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Unexpected?

docflash on May 10, 2011 at 3:48 PM

This is a Obama Protection Racket…on steroids!!

landlines on May 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

You know, none of this would be necessary if the media had just done its job during the first three years of the Obama Administration, rather than act as professional fellators and stenographers for the administration.

Good Lt on May 10, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Couple this with monitoring of your cell phones using the new texting chip, just to make sure you aren’t talking to anyone you shouldn’t be, and things are golden for the new fascists.

Bishop on May 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM

By signing the order, President Obama would override the democratic process and rule, instead, by decree.

It’s almost as if Obowma is planning to serve as President rule for a very long time…

Seven Percent Solution on May 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Someday….someone on the right is going to act instead of just talky talky talky. Hopefully, that day will be in my lifetime.

search4truth on May 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Come on Issa, do something besides a threat of subpoena, actually DO it! bho and team needs to account for what they are doing. All this wishy washy threats mean nothing if you don’t follow through.
L

letget on May 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Do you know who Congress has to depend on to enforce a Congressional subpoena? The idiot Eric Holder and his joke of a DoJ. I’m sure Issa knows that his is an empty threat.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 3:46 PM

We could only hope. Several comments have been made here, and on other threads, and yet….the only thread I’ve seen crr6 defend, is the appeals court justices, and Obama care.

crr6’s lack of honesty, and integrity, or having any morality on anything Obama has done, or is doing, is telling. Willful ignorance, or compliant with the liberals in their bid to take over the country, and enslave us all?

capejasmine on May 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

+1 44magnum

Spot on!

cmsinaz on May 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

When’s Issa gonna start all the Obooba corruption investigations he was threatening last year?

Akzed on May 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Isn’t this a First Amendment issue very much like requiring reporters to reveal their sources? Reporters complained, successfully, that revealing their sources produces a “chilling effect” on their ability to report the news. In the same way, this would have a chilling effect on the free speech of people freely giving money to causes near and dear to their hearts.

Paul-Cincy on May 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM

This is also the way all great countries/nations/empires have always ended…

Bridge falls/damn bursts/nuke plant fails…turns out it was built by political cronies, not professional outfits.

Oh, wait, “Atlas Shrugged” has a few examples of this…as does Isamov’s original “Foundation Trilogy”…

Who is John Galt on May 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM

As Democrats…

… Woodward and Bernstein strongly approve of their President.

Oh, wait…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 10, 2011 at 3:56 PM

I don’t doubt that not only can’t Mr. Obama see why this should alarm anyone, but that his barnacle-like adherants can’t see why this should evoke the Nixonian comparison….

…after all, while communists feel that they own history, they never seem to learn anything from it.

The modern “progressive” (read: totalitarian) Left owns, by their own reckoning, quite a tidy plot up there on the moral high ground…including a pool, a solar array, and a well-tended petunia garden fertilized by the flesh and blood and broken bones of the millions they’ve despoiled, crushed and defamed. They do so very much good, like destroy the black family, teach entitlement, shred our national currency and regulate businesses (and, therefore, prosperity) into oblivion…all in the name of levelling the playing field….

They’re for the little guy, after all…they prefer little guys…the smaller the guy, the smaller the grave you’ll need to dig.

Puritan1648 on May 10, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Gee, I thought this was going to be about Walkergate – the ATF Gunrunning scandal, but here we have a whole new vestige the Big Zero’s thuggoracy.

Chip on May 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Obama must be getting pointers from the Chinese. I keep hoping that some day, someone or some entity is going to hold him responsible.

BruthaMan on May 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM

How long before our TVs turn on in the morning and make us do calisthenics? Followed by Healthy Cooking with Michelle Obama. Followed by Two Minutes Conservative Hate starring Minister of Information Keith Olberdouche?

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

If that is the case our Republic will no longer be a nation. If bho is doing all that he is doing knowing there is nothing congress can do about it, God help us! Every day I think that bho and team can’t make me detest them more for what they are doing, but every day the detest grows!
L

letget on May 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Well yeah this is wrong, but c’mon guys!
Osama… Nuff said.
/sarc

Keef Overbite on May 10, 2011 at 4:01 PM

They’re for the little guy, after all…they prefer little guys…the smaller the guy, the smaller the grave you’ll need to dig.

Puritan1648 on May 10, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Well said, sir-or-maam, well said!

Who is John Galt on May 10, 2011 at 4:01 PM

fascism. softcore, but still fascism.

rbj on May 10, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Liberal Fascism.

(Good book, btw)

catmman on May 10, 2011 at 4:03 PM

They all should just ignore it, then go to court if things get popping.

WoosterOh on May 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Gee, I thought this was going to be about Walkergate – the ATF Gunrunning scandal, but here we have a whole new vestige the Big Zero’s thuggoracy.

Chip on May 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM

The MO is to blizzard us with outrages so the 24-hr news cycle and even the blogs can’t keep up, and make the hundreds of outrages go down the memory hole.

Anyone that dredges up an “old” outrage, forex the NBPP, becomes a “crazy” “NBPP-er” (i.e. “RACIST”).

Who is John Galt on May 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

C’mon liberals. Defend this. Explain to us just how this isn’t infringing on our rights, and liberties?

capejasmine on May 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

So how safe will you feel driving over the bridge constructed by a firm chosen for their political donations as opposed to their expertise.

Bishop on May 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

You mean like the deepwater horizon and how the Minerals Management Service prevented the catatrophe?

fourdeucer on May 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

…sir-or-maam….

Who is John Galt on May 10, 2011 at 4:01 PM

…that’s the problem with plaintext…it not only doesn’t convey nuance (tone of voice, winks, gestures) leading to misunderstandings, it also doesn’t (unless you’re careful naming your account) convey gender.

…and I more properly respond not to sir, but to “dude”, “bubba” or “geezer”…but, it’s been a while…and times are a’changin’…lemme check….

*ZIPPPP*

…nope…stille “dude”…you guys in the next thread over…sorry…should’a had you back up….

Puritan1648 on May 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Big Dig–Bechtel–Romney
As if this doesn’t happen, some more subtle than others.
We will never know since many of the meetings are now off-site from the White House because the meeting rooms are so “busy”.
Obama needs one billions dollars to win this election, he will get it one way or the other.

right2bright on May 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

You’re on a roll Kat! Just spit out potato chips reading that!

bernzright777 on May 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Couple this with monitoring of your cell phones using the new texting chip, just to make sure you aren’t talking to anyone you shouldn’t be, and things are golden for the new fascists.

Bishop on May 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Plus new chips in the computers so they can make sure you’re not talking to people they don’t approve of or looking at blogs like Hot A

Badger40 on May 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Ulsterman is posting links to Issa and Grassley both saying Holder is going down.

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

C’mon liberals. Defend this. Explain to us just how this isn’t infringing on our rights, and liberties?

capejasmine on May 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Commerce Clause.
crrap6

Badger40 on May 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

So PBHO wants to see every donation every company officer has made, but he turns off his own security apparatus for campaign donations.

Bishop on May 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Badger40 on May 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Bwaaaa! Now THAT was funny, acting like you were just cut off from posti

Bishop on May 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Punk-in-Chief thinks he is running Chicago.

fogw on May 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

So PBHO wants to see every donation every company officer has made, but he turns off his own security apparatus for campaign donations.

Bishop on May 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

And doesn’t require any union officials or unions to disclose donations to third party PACs, of course.

Wethal on May 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

teke184 on May 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

link?

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

The comments I’m specifically referring to about CREEP et all were in a book I have, October Men, which was about the ’78 Yankees team. It gave background on the situation because of Billy Martin’s famous quote about Reggie Jackson and Steinbrenner being made for each other as “One’s a born liar and the other one’s convicted.”

He’s maintained for years that he did so because he thought it was legal and that American Shipbuilding would have been out of business if it lost its government contracts.

The pardon docs were linked in the Slimes today, as Steinbrenner cooperated with the FBI numerous times over the years with potential danger to himself and his family if things went sideways.

He ended up getting pardoned by Reagan in early 1989, in part because of his cooperation with the FBI over the previous 13+ years.

Time story

NY Times story on pardon docs

FBI documents on Steinbrenner

teke184 on May 10, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Sometimes I think this country may not make it to 2012 at the rate he’s crashing and burning it.

gophergirl on May 10, 2011 at 4:18 PM

How long before our TVs turn on in the morning and make us do calisthenics? Followed by Healthy Cooking with Michelle Obama. Followed by Two Minutes Conservative Hate starring Minister of Information Keith Olberdouche?

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

OMG LOL!

Don’t forget the cell phone alerts telling us information from “dear leader”

gophergirl on May 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Ulsterman is posting links to Issa and Grassley both saying Holder is going down.

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Linky…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

This country is beginning to feel more and more like Venezuela. 2012 can’t come quickly enough. We need to require an intelligence test for voter registration so we don’t end up with this type of idiot again.

ILUVTX on May 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Issa: “all hat, no cowboy”

stenwin77 on May 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Nixonian?…….

More like Chavezian!

PappyD61 on May 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

You know, none of this would be necessary if the media had just done its job during the first three years months of the Obama Administration campaign, rather than act as professional fellators and stenographers for the administration.

Good Lt on May 10, 2011 at 3:51 PM

FIFY

fossten on May 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Sometimes I think this country may not make it to 2012 at the rate he’s crashing and burning it.

gophergirl on May 10, 2011 at 4:18 PM

^This is probably the plan. Beware any “disaster” that gives even the thinnest pretext for Martial Law.

Keep your powder dry, be sure to give no “pretext”.

But keep your powder.

Who is John Galt on May 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Badger40 on May 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Bwaaaa! Now THAT was funny, acting like you were just cut off from posti

Bishop on May 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

He

fossten on May 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

How long before our TVs turn on in the morning and make us do calisthenics? Followed by Healthy Cooking with Michelle Obama. Followed by Two Minutes Conservative Hate starring Minister of Information Keith Olberdouche?

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Yep, a Kinect with a 3 or 4G connection to the cellphone network. M’chell’s voice will prompt you, -“faster”, “higher’…

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Rep. Issa needs to quit threatening and start writing.

TulsAmerican on May 10, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Slowly but surely and piece by piece, the rights of Americans are being eroded before their very eyes – and yet, nothing is being done to prepare to impeach this man – I could begin to list the deeds sanctioned by the Socialist-in-Chief – however the list is too long – be aware and wary – I honestly think a civil war may be in the offing – sure hope not, but…

karra on May 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM

teke184 on May 10, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Thanks teke :)

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:42 PM

“There are some serious questions as to what implications there are if somehow we consider political contributions in the context of awarding contracts.”

STFU! This is Chicago Politics 101!

GarandFan on May 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Ulsterman is posting links to Issa and Grassley both saying Holder is going down.

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Linky…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Here ya go…it is about the DOJ forcing gun sales to Mexican cartels that were then used against our own agents…

Congressman Darrell Issa agrees – ERIC HOLDER MUST GO – HE MUST RESIGN. (1:15 mark)

Representative Darrell Issa on his Exchange with Attorney General Eric Holder

Senator Grassly on the Holder DOJ: “We’ve got plenty of evidence – Everything they have told us is all wrong…” @ the 1:25 mark…

Senator Charles Grassley on his Exchange with Attorney General Eric Holder

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:49 PM

This is pure Alinsky, -“learn your opponent’s rule book and use it to beat him over the head with.”

Just as little Bammie used loopholes in campaign donation law to bring in millions from non-citizens in other countries, he will use the EO loophole to do anything he wants. Think this is bad? He still wants reelection. Imagine what he can do by EO and the pardon process in a second term.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

With all the minority and women-owned set-asides, rising as high as 20% for some contracts, the bidding process is a big joke (veteran preferences excluded). Now it’ll be straight out of the politburo playbook.

Obama is a fukking goon. Stop him or pay the jiyza.

Western_Civ on May 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Issa: “all hat, no cowboy”

stenwin77 on May 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Can you just imagine the size of the rat’s nest after two years of complete Democrat control…?

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Thanks!

Seven Percent Solution on May 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Ulsterman is posting links to Issa and Grassley both saying Holder is going down.

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I found it interesting that Larry Johnson blogged a day or two ago that his sources mostly corroborated Ulsterman’s explosive stories about the Bin Laden takedown.

I was skeptical of this person before but, based on what he/she has written on this subject and given the independent sources I have, I would peg Ulsterman’s accuracy at more than 80%.

I’ll go ahead and tell everyone to save the criticism. I know Larry is a first-order douche, but since he worked in counter-terrorism for both CIA and the State Deptartment, I trust him over the Obama Administration. I don’t take his word as gospel. His is just another voice to consider.

flyfisher on May 10, 2011 at 5:10 PM

The is the ObaMao administration’s payback for its anger over the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citiizens United. Unions and other favored Dem groups are exempt from this EO BTW.

onlineanalyst on May 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

PappyD61 on May 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Yip!

Now…how long before he orders another EO saying anyone who opposes him will face harsh punishment, and imprisonment?

capejasmine on May 10, 2011 at 5:25 PM

The is the ObaMao administration’s payback for its anger over the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citiizens United. Unions and other favored Dem groups are exempt from this EO BTW.

onlineanalyst on May 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Everything that Zero does is payback and exemptions for favored groups.

Who is John Galt on May 10, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Stop threatening subpoenas and do it. You’ll save a lot of time that way. The regime moves too fast, you need to get out ahead of them. This EO has already been ruled unconstitutional by the SC.

Kissmygrits on May 10, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Barackito Obamalini.

HalJordan on May 10, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Rep. Issa needs to quit threatening and start writing.

TulsAmerican on May 10, 2011 at 4:36 PM

And I agree with you and all of you who say, “DO IT!”

Bambi on May 10, 2011 at 6:29 PM

ornery_independent on May 10, 2011 at 4:49 PM

It is going to take more than this to get to Holder. Democrats never admit wrong doing and they have gotten a long way ignoring the evidense and just doing whatever they want anyway.

Holder should resign but he won’t.

Only Republicans step down for wrong doing.

petunia on May 10, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Who is John Galt?

mechkiller_k on May 10, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Obama: the man that who be king. Will someone please impeach this a$$clown now already???

realitycheck on May 10, 2011 at 8:13 PM

How long before our TVs turn on in the morning and make us do calisthenics? Followed by Healthy Cooking with Michelle Obama. Followed by Two Minutes Conservative Hate starring Minister of Information Keith Olberdouche?

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

And then driving to work in our government-mandated purchase Chevy Volt – I mean, if they can make us purchase government-mandated health insurance…

PatMac on May 10, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Man, President Soros is getting things done quickly. Good thing he has this puppet to do his dirty work. President Soros bought the Democrat Party, why didn’t anyone think of that before? The Soviets could have just bought our government instead of spending all their GDP on military hardware. Live and Learn I suppose…Anyone rememeber a country that used to fight against Socialism of any kind?

And please ease up on Issa. I’m sure President Soros has threatened his life already…..

adamsmith on May 11, 2011 at 5:05 AM

Liberals, Progressives, Democrats always blabber on about challenging authority, questioning Power, etc. You would think they would want a government of freedom. So what do they bring forth? This Power Crazed imitation of Mao, Stalin, Hitler and Fidel all rolled into one.

Herb on May 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM