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|Cummings Op-Ed: When did sunlight become the infectant?|
When did sunlight become the infectant?
By Rep. Elijah E. Cummings - 05/12/11 09:28 AM ET
Reality seems to have been flipped on its head in the debate over the administration’s draft executive order to require federal contractors to disclose more information about their campaign contributions.
It used to be that transparency was a solution, not a problem. But today, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is holding a hearing stacked with witnesses representing defense and aerospace contractors who oppose additional disclosure.
Chairman Issa, who is also the co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, now suggests that more transparency is dangerous. In desperate rhetoric, he warns that President Obama secretly wants to use this new information to create a “Nixonian type enemies list.”
In other words, disclosing campaign contributions could allow people in power to misuse the information to retaliate against those who do not share their politics.
Denying their testimony is a disservice to members of Congress and the public, and it tarnishes the integrity of the committee.
My hope is that our committee will become a model for others to follow. We should seek out the views of those we disagree with rather than suppressing them. Especially in a debate about openness and transparency, we should be open and transparent ourselves.
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