“I think what the president’s executive order would do is just take a piece of that,” POGO spokesman Joe Newman explained. “It’s just going to address a small part of the problem with the lack of transparency and political giving.”
Other transparency groups are ready to support the president’s plan. Public Citizen is “quite delighted,” but even it would like government contractors banned from contributing altogether.
“The president is doing what the president can,” said Craig Holman, government-affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen.
Gary Bass, executive director at OMB Watch, is just happy that something is being done to “get money out of politics.” He realizes it would be asking too much for the president to make any more changes to the plan.
“If he were king for a day, that’s what he would do,” Mr. Bass said. “The problem is, he isn’t king.”
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