Target: President Obama
Goal: Don’t let money corrupt the U.S. political system.
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed for the influence of big money and “dark money” to permeate U.S. politics with the Citizens United decision that advanced deregulation in campaign finance. Now, with corporate cash corrupting our political system and threatening democracy, a change must be made. President Obama has the opportunity to ‘unmask big political donors’ by issuing an executive order to require corporations and federal contractors to disclose their political spending.
Following the Citizens United decision five years ago came an influx in “dark money,” election-related funds whose source remains undisclosed. With millions of dollars being transferred from affluent donors to secretive nonprofit groups since the decision was made, payments on Senate races by groups that don’t disclose donors have doubled.
Currently, our nation’s biggest corporations are able to use their wealth to secretly influence elections. With some of these companies being federal contractors, taxpayer dollars are also being used. The power and manipulation of money in politics is a danger to democracy and all Americans.
Across the nation, people are calling for action and speaking out against corporate influence in our political system. The chances of Republicans in Congress passing campaign finance disclosure laws are highly unlikely. The president, however, has the authority to make changes. President Obama has the opportunity to combat this corruption by signing an executive order requiring companies with government contracts to disclose all of their political spending.
Dear President Obama,
The 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision has posed a threat to democracy and our nation ever since. The decision allowed for corruption to enter our political system with a deregulation in campaign finance and given our nation’s biggest corporations the opportunity to use their wealth to secretly influence elections. Now, Americans are calling for a change and speaking out against corporate influence in our political system. You, Mr. President, have the opportunity to revive democracy by issuing an executive order to fight money in politics.
Disclosure is not going to happen by itself, and Congress is not likely to pass campaign finance disclosure laws. However, as the president, you have the ability to combat the current corruption by issuing an executive order to require corporations and federal contractors to disclose their political spending. The American people have a right to know whom wealthy corporations are contributing funds to, and how much they are donating—and you not only have the authority to make that happen, but also the responsibility.
An executive order to fight dark money, prevent bribery, and protect the integrity of our government is in need. Unmask big political donors and ward off dark money—sign an executive order to require corporations and federal contractors to disclose their political activity, including donations to political groups that don’t reveal the names of donors.
[Your Name Here]
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