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Letters: Obama playing ‘gangster politics'

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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 3:00 pm

President Obama may soon issue an executive order that would accomplish what the Democrat-failed Disclose Act tried to do. All companies would be required to list their political donations as a condition to bidding for government contracts. Companies can bid and lose for the sin of donating to Republicans. Or they can halt donations to the GOP altogether to save their businesses, which is really what the White House wants in the first place. It's called' "not pay to play." Sen. McConnell, the Senate minority leader, calls it "gangster politics." This is payback for the 2010 Supreme Court decision that partly struck down McCain-Feingold in its Citizens United decision, which restored corporate free-speech rights and which Obama criticized specifically in his State of the Union address that year.

This so-called "reform" might fly if it also applied to all the liberal organizations/politicians that get billions in taxpayer dollars via federal grants and other funding like unions, environmental groups, Planned Parenthood, to name just a few. But surprise, surprise, it doesn't. This is Chicago-style gangster politics writ large, and sadly it's emanating from our president's office.

Susan Leeper, Scottsdale

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