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Bad Executive Order

Recorded on May 12, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Federal contracts are worth billions and billions of dollars. Those contracts are supposed to be awarded impartially, generally to the lowest and best bidder.

That would change under an executive order being prepared by President Obama.

He wants to require that before a company can bid for federal work, it must report all the political contributions made by its key personnel and its subsidiaries, including not only donations to candidates but also to groups that take stands on political issues. It goes far beyond the extensive campaign finance reports already required by law.

Why would an agency need this information to decide who should get a contract? It invites favoritism to allies of the President, plus the development of an enemies list that the White House can blacklist?

This isn't about open government; it's a wide-open invitation to political cronyism.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.