The following is an excellent excerpt from the book “NATION ON THE TAKE: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy” by Wendell Potter & Nick Penniman from “Part 1: Introduction” on page 17 and I quote: “Similar coalitions are forming around ballot measures in cities and states throughout the country. And there’s the possibility for immediate progress at the federal level. Even if Congress isn’t ready to legislate, the White House can act, and it should use its authority to do so.. Hundreds of thousands of people have urged President Obama to sign an executive order that would require federal contractors–given that they are receiving taxpayer dollars–to disclose their political activities. If such an order were signed, 70 of the Fortune 100 companies would have to do so.
The Securities & Exchange Commission could also help. More than a million comments have been submitted to pressure the SEC to issue a rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose the political dollars they spend on behalf of investors. Former Republican SEC Commissioner William Donaldson and former Democratic SEC Commissioner Bevis Longstreth are among the chorus calling for change.
But for these types of executive actions and state-based efforts to take root, we must immediately build a much stronger–and politically broader–citizen army. There is already a battalion of reformers working hard every day. But they are waiting for reinforcements to arrive. That means you. And your friends. It will take you and us, and millions of other kindred spirits to create a patriotic force powerful enough to reorient the power in the this country back to “We, the people.””
(THIS EXCELLENT BOOK WRITTEN BY WENDELL POTTER AND NICK PENNIMAN POINTS OUT THE FACT THAT WE CAN TAKE OUR GOVERNMENT BACK. THAT ALL IT TAKES IS NUMBERS AND THE WILL TO DO IT. IT CAN BE DONE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BY HIM USING “AN EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING FEDERAL CONTRACTORS, WHICH RECEIVE TAXPAYER MONEY, TO DISCLOSE THEIR POLITICAL ACTIVITIES.” AND BENEFIT THE WHOLE COUNTRY.
LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran