An executive order in the old Chicago tradition

posted at 8:40 pm on July 21, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

This is one of those issues which I foolishly thought had died on the vine, but it seems to be rearing its ugly head again. Plans are apparently still afoot for an executive order which would effectively build an end run around the Citizens United decision by forcing all government contractors to reveal their political donations before they could be considered in awarding contracts. Dozens of members of the House tried to squelch the idea back in May.

“This Executive Order is a cynical attempt to inject politics into federal government contracting under the guise of transparency and accountability,” said Rep. Rokita. “It will create an ‘enemies list’ that the Administration and their liberal allies will use to punish private citizens and their employers. As a former Indiana Secretary of State who oversaw elections, I find this to be an outrageous overreach by the President. I call on the President to withdraw this Executive Order and inform him that should he decide not to, members of the House are prepared to take legislative action to prevent it from taking effect.”

The American Enterprise Institute has a new paper out covering the subject. A few of the key points of the paper are:

  • Following a defeat in Citizens United, the Obama administration is making an unprecedented assault on free speech through a proposed executive order requiring federal bidders to disclose their political giving during the previous two years as a condition to being considered for a federal contract.
  • Under the guise of “transparency” and “accountability,” the order curtails constitutionally protected speech rights and opens the door for retaliation against those not supporting the administration politically.
  • Neither the media nor defenders of free speech are challenging the administration’s actions, but anonymous political speech should remain a cornerstone of American democracy.

I find this proposal simply baffling. Not only doesn’t it sit well at first glance, when you pause to think about it, it actually promotes the precise opposite effect than the stated intent of the president. If you want to “keep the money out of politics,” then that’s fine. But by making contractors declare what donations they’ve made, not only do you open the door to a crony contract award system, but you actually encourage contractors to dump more money into the political sphere in the hopes of landing contracts.

It’s also short sighted thinking, even if you’re trying to game the system as this order appears to do. What happens when you lose the next election and a member of the opposite party takes control? All of your friends are now out of jobs and a new set of patrons come in the revolving door. Isn’t this exactly the opposite of what you were hoping to accomplish?

Bad policy and an ill conceived scheme if you ask me.

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Nice company you got there. Sure would be a shame if…..

aquaviva on July 21, 2011 at 8:43 PM

I am so. sick. of. this. turd.

fossten on July 21, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Can’t say I’m shocked.

txag92 on July 21, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Whatever is the exact opposite of what they seem to be wanting… is exactly what they want.

They “want” to turn the economy around. — They actually want to tank the whole thing.

They “want” to change the country and make it better. — They actually want to change the country into something it has never been.

At what point does Congress stand up and say, “Hey, Obama. You’re not above the law. WE make the laws. Not you!”

Or are they just too afraid of being called racists?

UnderstandingisPower on July 21, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Where’s the pushback on this third world extortion order?

NaCly dog on July 21, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Comrade Obamaski strikes again.

predator on July 21, 2011 at 8:46 PM

It’s good to be King.

Or do the contractors simply quit giving contributions to everyone?

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 8:47 PM

wow…just wow. Every. Freakin’. Day?!?! Every day I learn something new about this administration that makes me sit down and just say..wow..
no words. The arrogance is baffling.

bridgetown on July 21, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Who is the King waltzing with in that picture?

sherry on July 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Obama learned to speak at Harvard. He learned to be a politician in Chicago.

NickDeringer on July 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM

This guy is a f***ing tyrant.

jawkneemusic on July 21, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Obama’s Alinsky principles

organizers must be entirely unpredictable and unmistakably willing — for the sake of the moral principles in whose name they claim to act — to watch society descend into utter chaos and anarchy.

faraway on July 21, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Forget all the nicey-nice stuff and the lifted-pinky discussions of why it can’t be done — impeach the Traitor-in-Chief now.

There are too many parallels with tin-pot Third World thugs and former communist/fascist dictators to ignore. Osama Obama is, as he has been since Jan. 20, ’09, a grave threat to the Constitution of the United States. As such, every day he remains in office is a day closer to the destruction of the nation.

MrScribbler on July 21, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Who is the King waltzing with in that picture?

sherry on July 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I think it’s UK’s David Cameron during a ping-pong event.

aquaviva on July 21, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Our Constitutional Scholar must not know what “unconstitutional” means.

The only explanation is that he believes “EO” is superior to “SCOTUS”.

BobMbx on July 21, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Obama isn’t worried about anyone else’s election except his last one.

chickasaw42 on July 21, 2011 at 8:55 PM

If you want to “keep the money out of politics,” then that’s fine. But by making contractors declare what donations they’ve made, not only do you open the door to a crony contract award system, but you actually encourage contractors to dump more money into the political sphere in the hopes of landing contracts.

It’s the Chicago Way. Get up to speed. It’s been over two years, and evidently some haven’t figured it out.

Sheesh.

Cody1991 on July 21, 2011 at 8:55 PM

This is one of those issues which I foolishly thought had died on the vine, but it seems to be rearing its ugly head again. Plans are apparently still afoot for an executive order which would effectively build an end run around the Citizens United decision by forcing all government contractors to reveal their political donations before they could be considered in awarding contracts. Dozens of members of the House tried to squelch the idea back in May.

Executive Orders are the greatest threat to the Republic that this nation faces.

An entire Chavez/Mao/Stalin type dictatorship is just waiting for the right “crisis” to enable itself. And with E.O. power ready to be exercised.

Pray that this nation survives the DOTUS.

PappyD61 on July 21, 2011 at 8:56 PM

I find this proposal simply baffling. Not only doesn’t it sit well at first glance, when you pause to think about it, it actually promotes the precise opposite effect than the stated intent of the president. If you want to “keep the money out of politics,” then that’s fine

The whole purpose is to raise money but only for the Dems, what do you mean you find it baffling?

bluemarlin on July 21, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Only 43 house members signed the letter to him? 43??? What’s the others?????????????

bridgetown on July 21, 2011 at 8:59 PM

This isn’t all that this administration is desperately trying to sneak by. Check this out:

This administration is going to be racing to get the marxist agenda done before Obama is toast in 2012.

KickandSwimMom on July 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM

This is a blatant attempt to extort money out of corporations.

pat on July 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM

should read, ‘what’s *With the others?

bridgetown on July 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Our Constitutional Scholar must not know what “unconstitutional” means.

The only explanation is that he believes “EO” is superior to “SCOTUS”.

BobMbx on July 21, 2011 at 8:54 PM

He just believes HE is superior to everything but he has misjudged the American people in the end!

bluemarlin on July 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM

“I find this proposal simply baffling. Not only doesn’t it sit well at first glance, when you pause to think about it, it actually promotes the precise opposite effect than the stated intent of the president. If you want to “keep the money out of politics,” then that’s fine.”

Any contractor who gave to the GOP would find busloads of SEIU thugs on his front lawn.

Wethal on July 21, 2011 at 9:01 PM

What happens when you lose the next election and a member of the opposite party takes control?

He doesn’t give a damn about what happens to whoever follows him..or what happens to the country. He’s in this for himself and lives in the perpetual here and now. His time horizon goes no further than November 2012.

AUINSC on July 21, 2011 at 9:01 PM

What happens when you lose the next election and a member of the opposite party takes control?

New president can rescind all prior EOs.

Of course, a lot of damage mayhave been done by then.

Wethal on July 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Sorry for the bad link. Try this:

U.S. Urges U.N. Security Council to Make Climate Change a Priority.

KickandSwimMom on July 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM

I think it’s UK’s David Cameron during a ping-pong event.

aquaviva on July 21, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Thank you. That’s a good picture of him. Cameron, not Obama.

sherry on July 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM

KickandSwimMom on July 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM

link still not working for me. :(

bridgetown on July 21, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Darn, I don’t understand what I am doing wrong with the link button. Anyway, the article is at CNS news. Sorry.

KickandSwimMom on July 21, 2011 at 9:04 PM

One more try:

CNS News story

KickandSwimMom on July 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Impeachment is the only answer if he does this. He cannot continue to do an end-around without even getting the usual suspects (activist socialist judges) involved.

BTW, shouldn’t we be impeaching about one-a-day of them, too?

Spartacus on July 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

I give up :0(

KickandSwimMom on July 21, 2011 at 9:07 PM

AUINSC on July 21, 2011 at 9:01 PM

It’s going to take a long, long time to try a clean up the mess King Barry has made.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I think it’s UK’s David Cameron during a ping-pong event.

aquaviva on July 21, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Taken on the same day that Alabamians were suffering from the horrible tornado.

Media were really on top of this.

carbon_footprint on July 21, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Here’s the plan. Do this as long as you’re president and rake in as much cash as you can. Once out of office, demagogue the Republican via the House, Senate, and the presstitutes about the evil of the Republicans to do such a despicable thing.

Think Rendition. Clinton created it, and Hollowood made a movie about how evil it was under Bush.

liberty0 on July 21, 2011 at 9:15 PM

organizers must be entirely unpredictable and unmistakably willing — for the sake of the moral principles in whose name they claim to act — to watch society descend into utter chaos and anarchy.

There are no moral principles upon which the left stands.

The only principle on which the left stands upon is the acquisition and preservation of as much power as it can get it’s grubby hands on.

All other talk of ‘principles’ on the left should be disregarded as lies unless it refers to power.

Chaz706 on July 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM

And………where………are……….the……..GOP………TEA PARTY………Freshman……..on…….this?

Will anyone stand up in the GOP against this? Are the GOP in complete sellout American Liberty and Freedom mode to this guy?

ALL THE GOP LEADERSHIP in this country MUST BE REPLACED. Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Cornyn, Hensarling, Noem, you name it…..they must go.

They are just wusses ALL OF THEM.

PappyD61 on July 21, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Obama will have an enemies list, how Nixonian!

RJL on July 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

It’s going to take a long, long time to try a clean up the mess King Barry has made.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Or a week, week and a half if you are a woman. We’rused to cleaning up big piles of crap.

katy the mean old lady on July 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

I give up :0(

KickandSwimMom on July 21, 2011 at 9:07 PM

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aquaviva on July 21, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Barak Hussein Obowma is truly the skid mark in the bowl…

Seven Percent Solution on July 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I find this proposal simply baffling.

Really? As soon as the Citizen United ruling was made, this became inevitable. The Citizens United ruling (less regulated political speech and a dreaded rollback of the power of the State) was appalling to the Left in spirit and a blow to its dominion. The Left’s Disclose Act was a typically disproportionate and brute form of correction and reprisal – but an overreach that failed.

This executive order was only a matter of time and timing. And the opportune moment would be when most of Washington was distracted and overwhelmed by other issues.

Read the incoherent executive summary for the order, a revealing Orwellian mishmash of doublespeak:

“Therefore, in order to increase transparency and accountability to ensure an efficient and economical procurement process, every contracting department and agency shall require all entities submitting offers for federal contracts to disclose certain political contributions and expenditures that they have made within two years prior to submission of their offer.

Now read Heritage’s 1971 quote from John Dean that clearly states the motives for such actions.

“Stated a bit more bluntly–how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies. . . . The project coordinator should then determine what sorts of dealings these individuals have with the Federal Government and how we can best screw them (e.g., grant availability, federal contracts, litigation, prosecution, etc.).”[1]
–Excerpt from memorandum dated August 16, 1971, from John Dean to Lawrence Higby

It’s just another form on control and coercion; every little one is necessary to this desperate leftist losing his grip. Where do such men turn their attention in times of struggle? Think about it and try to imagine what other forms of executive order tyrannies are coming our way. Because they are coming.

rrpjr on July 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Or a week, week and a half if you are a woman. We’rused to cleaning up big piles of crap.

katy the mean old lady on July 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Unless we suffer from a migraine, then we can get it done in 3 or 4 days.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 9:34 PM

What happens when you lose the next election and a member of the opposite party takes control?

Do you think a lawless President worries about losing elections?
If nothing else, Obama has brought us to the crossroads. Either America will be shocked into a renewed love of freedom or we will all run and hide under our beds. It will either be one or the other.

JellyToast on July 21, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Unless we suffer from a migraine, then we can get it done in 3 or 4 days.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Snort! True dat.
Or with one of those sidelong glares. My 85 yr. old mother can still stop me in my tracks with one of those.

katy the mean old lady on July 21, 2011 at 9:37 PM

But by making contractors declare what donations they’ve made, not only do you open the door to a crony contract award system, but you actually encourage contractors to dump more money into the political sphere in the hopes of landing contracts.

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

Buy Danish on July 21, 2011 at 9:38 PM

ROFL, they don’t even try to hide it anymore.

When does the Gestapo Domestic Security Force start ordering people to centers to have their skulls measured.

Bishop on July 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Let me guess. This will be another thing that Republicans will try to repeal, only to watch their efforts die in the Senate or by veto. How crazy is it that Obama can decree crap and get away with it all the way to the next election?

AnotherOpinion on July 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM

KickandSwimMom on July 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

There are a few sites not allowed to post links from, like CNN, CNBC, and I believe CNS as well.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2011 at 9:42 PM

This one is so bad, and is such an immediate threat to fundamental freedom that there is some chance the SCOTUS would take this up rather quickly. Some government vendors will get lawsuits on file the instant such an order is promulgated.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 21, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Or are they just too afraid of being called racists?

UnderstandingisPower on July 21, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Yes.

holygoat on July 21, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Thanks Aquaviva and Slickwillie. I’ve read both of your posts and I will try to link one last time – I promise!

U.S. Urges U.N. Security Council to Make Climate Change a Priority.

KickandSwimMom on July 21, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Well, I did everything Aquaviva said so I guess Slickwillie is right–you cannot link to CNS. I appreciate you both taking the time to try & help. :o)

The article is another way this marxist administration is trying to hurry-up its agenda before 2012.

KickandSwimMom on July 21, 2011 at 10:00 PM

He just believes HE is superior to everything but he has misjudged the American people in the end!

bluemarlin on July 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Meh. He’s a brainwashed dullard who is in utter denial.

disa on July 21, 2011 at 10:01 PM

The financial benefits of the implementation of such an order has got to be worth a few extra percentage points for Obama in the election.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 21, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I am so. sick. of. this. turd.

fossten on July 21, 2011 at 8:43 PM

I know how you feel.

I feel trapped in a nightmare and not matter how hard I try, I can’t wake up.

Jvette on July 21, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Bad policy and an ill conceived scheme if you ask me.

That’s Obama and the commies all over!

capejasmine on July 21, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Hey, if you don’t support “big govt”, why should you profit off of it?

ernesto on July 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM

We must protect the important work we have done for the last two and a half years. It’s essential for our program of investing in the future. What we really need is a constitutional amendment passed by the executive order of the President declaring Barack Obama “President for Life.” We must continue in our successful endeavor to win the future and only this President can lead us to that great socialist utopia.

stefano1 on July 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM

So let me get this straight- a person or board who decides government contracts gets to see who a contractor has made personal charitable/trade association donations to BECAUSE there are Federal laws forbidding contractors from giving to federal politicians etc. And if this person/board in appointed by the President, the President gets to see this list about 2 seconds after it is created.

So they get to see if you donated to conservative causes/liberal causes.

Yep. The Dems would have rightly raised h..ll if Bush had tried this but since it’s their tyrant trying it they are silent.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Hey, if you don’t support “big govt”, why should you profit off of it?

ernesto on July 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM

This is your response? No outrage? I thought liberals were all about fairness, tolerance, and doing what’s right? So it’s ok, even if workers don’t vote Democrat, or give their money to such…but as long as their boss does?

What are you? Castro, and Che’s love child?

capejasmine on July 21, 2011 at 10:16 PM

I’d like to get the contract to supply this administration with horses heads.

trigon on July 21, 2011 at 10:34 PM

The executive dept relies on the Congress for its funding…cut it…a LOT

JIMV on July 21, 2011 at 10:42 PM

What happens when you lose the next election and a member of the opposite party takes control?

This and all the other EOs are about making sure they don’t lose the next election

Gwillie on July 21, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Or are they just too afraid of being called racists?
UnderstandingisPower on July 21, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Andrew Breitbart was confirmed of this by Rep. Steve King. King said this is what he was told by Darrell Issa when he brought him the Pigford case, which Breitbart’s team had traced directly to Obama.

“We’re afraid of being called racists.”

rrpjr on July 21, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Let the witch hunts begin! Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Republican party?

MJBrutus on July 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Bad policy and an ill conceived scheme if you ask me.

You just summarized the entirety of liberal philosophy right there.

Midas on July 21, 2011 at 11:16 PM

It’s also short sighted thinking

Not if you’re from ‘ya gotta pay to play’ Chicago.

GarandFan on July 21, 2011 at 11:30 PM

0 does not care about the Dem party. He is only concerned about his own re-election. So what if after he is no longer in office if it goes against his own party?

Oleta on July 22, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Sorry, I’ve got to agree with the the president on this. If a company wants to bid for a government contract then their donation information should be available for citizens, and their political entities, to see. As far as inviting mischief from in-power politicians, if they don’t like that then they can simply not bid on the contracts. I worry more about the largess these companies enjoy from those who they secretly donated to then retribution from pols.

Sailfish on July 22, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Hey, if you don’t support “big govt”, why should you profit off of it?

ernesto on July 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Lefties are such fools – because the projects are ALL funded with taxes, from all the people.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2011 at 1:25 AM

What happens when you lose the next election and a member of the opposite party takes control? All of your friends are now out of jobs and a new set of patrons come in the revolving door.

Why do you assume Obama cares about anyone but himself? If he gets more donations for his election, to heck with whoever comes after. That’s the Chicago way. Apres Moi– so what?

KW64 on July 22, 2011 at 1:35 AM

…ill conceived scheme…

Obama’s 2012 campaign slogan?

Kevin71 on July 22, 2011 at 1:45 AM

The fatal flaw in this discussion is the assumption that the Executive Order was meant as a curative to a problem.

It’s not.

It’s a blatant application of Executive power to aid and abet those who the Administration wishes to boost and those who they wish to destroy.

Nothing more, nothing less.

With liberal progressives, it’s best to assume the opposite of what they say their motives and goals are.

Doing that correctly predicts the outcome of their actions.

jcw46 on July 22, 2011 at 1:51 AM

What happens when you lose the next election and a member of the opposite party takes control? All of your friends are now out of jobs and a new set of patrons come in the revolving door.

This only works if you plan on having power in perpetuity. Any doubt that’s what Obama plans?

SKYFOX on July 22, 2011 at 5:32 AM

Or a week, week and a half if you are a woman. We’rused to cleaning up big piles of crap.

katy the mean old lady on July 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Not ALL women are used to cleaning up big piles of crap. Some are rather adept ate making their own monumental piles of it.

-cough, Pelosi!!!, cough-

VelvetElvis on July 22, 2011 at 7:16 AM

Ya gotta know who your enemies are before you can smite them.

Basic Marxism 101.

KMC1 on July 22, 2011 at 1:41 PM