Report: Romney super-PAC receives big money from federal contractors

Restore Our Future accepted the donations from contractors employed by companies accounting for more than $244 million in federal business, the Inquirer states. Federal contractors are not allowed to contribute in federal elections to limit the appearance of or actual non-merit-based awarding of contracts.

But Restore Our Future treasurer Charles Spies told contractors not to worry about losing contracts because of their donations, according to a copy of a letter the Inquirer received.

{mosads}”Contributors can rest assured their contributions will not … prevent them from obtaining state or local government contracts,” the memo the Inquirer received stated.

The question of federal contractors’ donations in federal elections is also currently being challenged in court, The Hill previously reported. But it does not look good for the federal contractors in the case who are suing the Federal Election Commission.

Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia blocked the plaintiffs from temporarily being allowed to contribute in elections, while awaiting a final court verdict.

“The ban on such contributions guards against ‘pay-to-play’ arrangements, in which people seeking federal contracts provide financial support to political candidates in return for their help securing government business,” Boasberg wrote in the court’s opinion. “It also protects such contractors from pressure to contribute or risk losing their work.”

“Because Plaintiffs do not have a likelihood of success on the merits of either claim, the Court will deny their motion,” Boasberg said.

A Restore Our Future spokesman told The Hill the committee does not comment on its donors.


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