Should war-profiteering corporations like drone manufacturer Northrop Grumman be permitted to secretly fund the elections of candidates?
Of course not. But that’s just one of the scarier implications of S. 1100, an appalling bill that the Senate’s Homeland Security committee recently approved.
S. 1100, misleadingly titled the “Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act,” (KPOFCA) would prevent the government from requiring federal contractors to disclose money they’re spending to influence elections.
In other words, it would open a corporate corruption loophole that would tremendously weaken reforms that can strengthen disclosure in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.
Tell your senators to oppose this bill that would keep secret political spending by federal contractors in the dark.
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Win! House Republicans responded to pressure from their constituents by withdrawing the provision to defund the Federal Communications Commission's much-needed new transparency rule that requires TV stations to disclose political ad spending online.
But the Battle Against KPOFCA Isn't Over. This bill would prevent the government from requiring federal contractors to disclose money they’re spending to influence elections.
Military corporations are just one example. Other federal contractors include huge companies like GE, Verizon, AT&T and others that would welcome a guarantee that their dark money will stay secret even as they are awarded taxpayer dollars from federal contracts.