The Center for Competitive Politics sent a letter to the White House today detailing concerns with a proposed executive order that would inject political considerations into the merit-based federal contracting process.
The main objective of the draft executive order, which leaked last month, is to require entities with federal contracts of more than $5,000 to disclose its donations to nonprofit groups that engage in some campaign-related speech, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It would not apply to groups that receive no-bid federal grants or public employee labor unions.
“The Obama administration cannot cite a single instance of the federal contracting process being corrupted by a donation to a nonprofit group,” said CCP President Sean Parnell. “The timing of the executive order, as President Obama gears up his reelection campaign, is about politics–not concern for good government.”