The order encompasses corporate political spending as well as personal contributions by company officers and directors.
The Associated Builders and
Contractors criticized the Obama administration for a new executive order
requiring federal contract bidders disclose political spending.
“Political advocacy is protected
by the First Amendment, and under current law the federal government has
neither access to this information nor do they have the right to use this
information in determining which companies are awarded taxpayer-funded
projects,” said ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman. “However, this executive
order would politicize the bidding process and open the door to cronyism and
malfeasance. The executive order would not improve the procurement process in
any way, but would only serve to inject politics into an area where it has no
place or value.”
The order encompasses corporate
political spending as well as personal contributions by officers and directors.
“We believe that federal
contracts should be awarded based on merit and provide the best value to
taxpayers, not to whom you support politically,” Bellaman said.