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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Pelosi agrees with White House on requiring contractors to reveal political donations

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she supports the Obama administration’s proposal to require companies bidding for federal contracts to reveal their political donations.

“I salute the president for what he did,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference at the Capitol.

She noted that last year she supported the House-passed DISCLOSE Act, which would have restricted corporate spending on elections. That proposal died in the Senate.

The executive order being drafted by the White House would enact similar restrictions on donors, although, as Pelosi noted Thursday, it “only narrow(s) it to those who have contracts with the government.”

Pelosi’s statement puts her at odds with the number-two House Democrat, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who earlier this week told reporters that he opposes the administration’s draft executive order.

On Thursday, two senators who caucus with Democrats – Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) – announced their opposition to the draft executive order.

In a letter co-signed by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the senators said that they are “concerned that requiring businesses to disclose their political activity when making an offer risks injecting politics into the contracting process.”

The House Oversight Committee and Small Business Committee are holding a joint hearing on the matter Thursday at which Daniel Gordon, the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget, is scheduled to testify.

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