PIRG, with our coalition of 57 other organizations, delivered 850,000 petitions to the White House, calling for President Obama to take action against Citizens United before he leaves office. More than 30,000 of the petitions came from PIRG members and supporters. We also helped generate more than 3,500 calls into the White House.
The petitions call for the president to require federal contracters to disclose their secret political spending.
“Right now, when a corporation gets taxpayer money through a contract with the federal government, they don't have to tell us anything about their political spending,” said Dan Smith, democracy campaign director for U.S. PIRG. “That’s bad for taxpayers, bad for voters, and bad for our democracy. Americans across the country want our elected officials to take a stand against secret-money politics, and President Obama could do that with the stroke of a pen. Today’s petition delivery brought over 850,000 Americans together with a single message: It’s time for executive action to fight big money in politics.”