After reading that President Obama is considering ignoring the SCOTUS ruling in the Citizens United v. FEC case, it isn’t difficult to think that President Obama thinks that he’s above the law. Here’s what Hans Spakovsky is reporting:
The draft Executive Order says it is intended to “increase transparency and accountability,” an interesting claim given the fact that federal contractors are already completely barred by 2 U.S.C. § 441c from making:
Any contribution of money or other things of value, or to promise expressly or impliedly to make any such contribution to any political party, committee, or candidate for public office or to any person for any political purpose or use.
Yet this proposed Executive Order would require government contractors to disclose:
(a) All contributions or expenditures to or on behalf of federal candidates, parties or party committees made by the bidding entity, its directors or officers, or any affiliates or subsidiaries within its control.
(b) Any contributions made to third party entities with the intention or reasonable expectation that parties would use those contributions to make independent expenditures or electioneering communications.
As Spakovsky says in the article, ‘reasonable expectation’ can essentially mean whatever a prosecutor wants it to mean. That isn’t reform. That’s a thinly veiled disguise for implementing the DISCLOSE Act.
Here’s another disturbing part of the draft EO:
And note that these disclosure requirements will only apply to companies that make bids on government contracts. Federal employee unions that negotiate contracts for their members worth many times the value of some government contracts are not affected by this order. Neither are the recipients of hundreds of millions of dollars of federal grants.
Clearly, this administration is not interested in increasing “transparency and accountability” when it comes to forcing union leaders or the heads of liberal advocacy organizations such as Planned Parenthood from disclosing the personal political contributions they make to candidates running for federal office.
First, Congress should stop the draft EO from being implemented. If the Senate won’t react to the House bill, then I’d urge Tom Coburn, Jim Demint, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and others to stop the Senate in its tracks. PERIOD.
Second, I’d hope that th RNC start an ad campaign against the Obama administration as thinking of themselves as being above the law, even the SCOTUS. If this administration thinks that they shouldn’t be obligated to obeying Supreme Court rulings, then it should be exposed as being anarchists willing to ignore the law if that’s what’s required to meet their goals.
Third, it’s important that this administration’s indifference towards Supreme Court rulings be tied to the unions’ thuggish ends-justifies-the-means mentality. Though I won’t classify members of the police and firefighter unions as thugs, I’d consider calling them out for attempting to fight against other people’s First Amendment rights:
Come one, come all, hear the call to…DUMP TEA! DUMP PALIN!
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They weren’t there for a counter-protest. They were there to attempt to drown out Sarah Palin’s voice. Predictably, that didn’t work.
I’m totally prepared to call AFSCME activists thugs, especially after AFSCME thugs in Wisconsin tried running small businesses out of business and after the president of the Michigan chapter of AFSCME exhorted his troops to shut the state down.
President Obama is as much a creature of the thug machine mentality that permeates Chicago politics as AFSCME thugs are the byproduct of their ‘all hell’s gonna break loose if they don’t support me’ environment.
President Obama’s floating the rumor that he’ll essentially ignore the Citizens United v. FEC is just the latest proof that President Obama really thinks that the law is what he thinks it should be. The earliest proof was President Obama threatening secured bondholders at GM into letting unsecured bondholders get first dibbs from the bailout.
Federal law says that secured bondholders have first take because they agree to get paid less interest on the note in exchange for getting first dibbs in a bankruptcy.
Whether it’s President Obama acting like he’s above the law or the union thug activists that support him, it’s the same thing. The ends justify any means and laws can be ignored if it’s for the ‘greater good.’
That isn’t justice. That’s what crackpot dictators do. That’s why America won’t give him a second term.