Skip to comments.Republicans say they’ll get top Obama aide to testify — one way or another
Posted on 05/10/2011 11:33:56 AM PDT by markomalley
Top GOP oversight official Rep. Darrell Issa said in a May 9 letter that if a top Obama aide again declines to testify on a draft executive order requiring political disclosure from government contractors, Issa will be required to consider the use of compulsory process a congressional subpoena.
If Issa subpoenas OMB director Jacob Lew to testify about the draft order, which Republicans warn could allow the administration to politicize the government contracting process, it would be the first time the GOP has subpoenaed the Obama White House since they obtained the authority in taking over the House in January.
A source close to Issa says hes serious. This will end one of three ways, the source told The Daily Caller, one, Lew will acquiesce and testify, two, theyll negotiate a date in the near future when he will testify or three, theyll subpoena him. I really think theyre serious.
The draft executive order implements a provision in the Disclose Act, campaign spending legislation drafted in response to the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision that failed in Congress when Democrats controlled both chambers.
Leading campaign spending activists like Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21 say the order is crucial to add transparency to the millions of dollars flowing in and out of Washington.
The Executive Order also would facilitate disclosure and make it easier for citizens to know what government contractors are doing to influence federal elections by providing all of the relevant campaign finance information regarding a contractor in one centralized location, Wertheimer said at a May 4 press conference, according to his prepared remarks.
But critics warn the new disclosure requirements could allow the Obama administration to punish companies that donate to groups that help Republicans win elections.
For instance, liberal-leaning Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine called the draft executive order Orwellian, as Issa notes in his letter.
All companies, including government contractors, are already required to disclose information about which political candidates they and their employees donate to.
At issue in the executive order is money donated to third-party political groups, which in the wake of the Citizens United decision can, in certain cases, be donated anonymously.
The decision opened up new avenues for political spending. President Obama called these new avenues a threat to democracy during the 2010 midterm elections, but since then one of his top aides left the White House to launch a group undertaking the exact type of activities the president once decried.
Proponents of the decision say anonymous donations to third party political groups are part of free speech, a way for individuals and companies to exercise their rights without facing potential backlash from political rivals.
“Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former president wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the white house counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law. Information will not be withheld just because I say so; it will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well-grounded in the Constitution. Let me say it as simply as I can: transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,”
Kudos to Issa for trying to hold Democrats accountable, but he’s got powerful liberal forces aligned against him: the ones we know, like the MSM, and the ones we don’t, who operate in secret and specialize in dead pets, photos of wives and children at the playground, etc.
Just words.........just speeches.................
If he refuses, charge him with contempt of Congress.
Subpoena the whole damn Marxist cabal, czars, appointees cabinet and “Da WON”. Its way past due.
You really have to wonder just how truly black a soul must be to utter those words to the entire Nation and then turn around and do the exact opposite. Thank you for posting his diatribe as a reminder to us all of exactly how evil this man is.
Perhaps some “enhanced interrogation techniques” could be used?
Jacob Lew IRS scandal bumpity bump bump bump
A couple years later and we have :
The president made the announcement in a brief statement at the White House, following a meeting with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and other top department officials in which they reviewed a highly critical inspector generals report on the practice. The report concluded poor management allowed agents to improperly target Tea Party and other groups for more than 18 months, starting in 2010.
Obama said Lew asked for the resignation and Miller agreed, after being on the job since November 2012. ——Acting IRS commissioner resigns in wake of agency scandal
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Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:42:10 PM by freedumb2003
Is Steny Hoyer Aware That The Sequester Was Jacob Lew’s Idea (According To Bob Woodward)?
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 4:08:39 PM · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies 4/16/2013 | Laissez-Faire
I can’t believe what Steny Hoyer said concerning the sequester cuts. But, according to Bob Woodward, the sequester cut was Jacob Lew’s (Obam’s choice to be Treasury secretary) idea, and the idea was jumped on by Obama.
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