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Huffington Post: Darrell Issa, Fighting Obama Disclosure Order, Accused Of Doing Donor's Bidding

May 10, 2011- The Obama administration hasn't yet tipped its hand as to when, or if, the president will sign an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose campaign contributions made by their directors, officers, affiliates or subsidiaries. But other political forces aren't waiting for the White House to act.

On Monday, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent a letter to the administration threatening to subpoena officials to testify on the matter if they declined to do so voluntarily. Issa's chief complaint has been that the executive order, which would reportedly apply to donations made by contractors to federal candidates, political party committees and vaguely defined "third-party entities," unfairly targets private-sector businesses while leaving union groups exempt.

"This isn’t about transparency, it’s about politicizing the procurement process," Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Issa, emailed the Huffington Post. "The President has proposed a new requirement that is so draconian—while exempting his traditional allies—that it would make Orwell proud. Chairman Issa and the committee’s clear motivation is getting answers to questions the Obama Administration has refused to address."

Unions, of course, are required to provide various disclosures to the Department of Labor with respect to their political donations. And while public employee unions are obviously dependent on federal funds, they and others do not receive federal contracts.

The White House remains mum on the executive order, with spokesman Jay Carney telling The Huffington Post during Monday’s press briefing that there was no “timetable for action” and that the version reported several weeks ago was just “a draft that we’ve discussed, and drafts tend to change.”

Meantime, good-government groups have jumped in to fill the role of defending the drafted order from Issa's attacks. On Tuesday, the Public Campaign Action Fund sent letters to a handful of House Committee Chairs alleging that their opposition to the executive order was being done as a gift to big-time donors. The group noted that major federal contractors had contributed large sums of money to several key lawmakers, including Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) -- who has received $122,150 from the defense contractor Lockheed Martin during his career -- and House Science Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-Texas), who has received $45,531 from the national security contractor Raytheon’s PAC and employees during his time in Congress.

The congressman the group highlighted above the others, however, was Issa, who has received $66,950 alone from the scientific, engineering and technology applications company SAIC’s PAC and employees.