Money and Democracy Update: Good government groups call on Obama to sign disclosure executive order, condemn left’s money-making machine
- $117.1 million: Amount the Republican Governors Association raised during the 2010 election cycle
- $55.3 million: Amount the Democratic Governors Association raised during the 2010 election cycle
22,000 and counting
The American people understand that money buys influence, and transparency can help stave off corruption. What’s more, they care a lot about it. In just five days, Public Citizen gathered 22,000 signatures on a petition urging President Barack Obama to sign an executive order requiring any company vying for a government contract to disclose details of its political giving On Wednesday, Public Citizen delivered those signatures to the White House and participated in a press conference with other public interest groups.
Good government groups condemn new left-leaning money machines
We told you last week about two new groups being formed by former White House officials to raise money to sway the upcoming elections. The idea is to take a page from the conservative playbook, which launched several notable money machines to influence the 2010 midterm elections. Good government groups are crying foul and saying that’s it’s not okay to do it just because the other guys are doing it. Public Citizen wants Obama to condemn the groups. And Democracy 21 told a reporter that good government groups may ask the IRS to investigate a potential tax status violation. More