Corruption Flashback: White House Asks Contractors to Release Political Donations Before Bidding
Back in 2011 the Obama Administration asked contractors to release information on their political donations.
Here’s the letter:
The Obama administration is determining how to require companies competing for government contracts to list their political contributions when submitting a contract bid, another effort to separate money from its influence, according to a draft executive 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 the two years prior to the submission of their offer,” the order states in its current form.
The White House has not released the order, which was obtained by Federal Computer Week. It’s currently going through the standard review and feedback process, an administration official said today.
Although the order would leave many details up to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, the administration wants company disclosures to include:
** All contributions or expenditures to federal candidates, parties or party committees made by the company, its directors, or any affiliates or subsidiaries it controls.
** Any contributions made to a third party with the intent to use those contributions to make independent expenditures or election advertisements.
Companies would have to disclose the information if the total amount of contributions exceeded $5,000 in a year, according to the draft order.