Obama considers campaign finance executive order

Money-in-politics reformers are seizing on reports that President Obama is weighing the possibility of issuing an executive order to force companies doing business with the federal government to reveal their political spending.

If Obama issues this order, as The New York Times suggests is likely, it would be a rare offering from a president who came to office promising major changes to campaign finance law but who has disappointed activists who say he has done nothing to stem the flow of special-interest money into elections.

While the most significant actions to curb the influence of money require either Supreme Court action or congressional legislation — and Obama faces a Republican Party opposed to either — an executive order on disclosure is a unilateral move that reformers have been urging for years.

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