The Washington Post: Obama weighs whether to force federal contractors to reveal political spending


Trevor Potter, who leads the political law group at the firm Caplin & Drysdale, and used to chair the Federal Election Commission, said in an email that advocates had been waiting for Obama to act on the issue for years.

“We have heard this order has been ready for the president's signature for the last several years, and I don't know of anyone on the outside who really knows whether the presidential pen will move across that piece of paper or not, or when,” said Potter, a Republican and founding president of the Campaign Legal Center. “I have no idea why this was not done by the president years ago given [White House] statements about the importance of disclosure.”

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