April 30, 2012

Subject: Comment on File Number 4-637

Dear members of the Securities and Exchange Commission:

***Corporations must not be allowed to leverage their special legal privileges and powers into the political forum. Corporations are special legal fictions, chartered for specific purposes and with specific powers that no flesh and blood human enjoys. These entities have warped our democracy in ways that the shareholders may not desire, and do not have the hours in the day to monitor, We desperately need the SEC to require full disclosure of political spending. Only shareholder discipline and public shame can curtail this flood of corporate money, acquired through means completely unrelated to any political motivation on the "donor's" part (i.e. the customer), from drowning our public discourse.***

I am writing to urge the SEC to issue a rule requiring publicly traded corporations to publicly disclose all their political spending.

Both shareholders and the public must be fully informed as to how much the corporation spends on politics and which candidates are being promoted or attacked. Disclosures should be posted promptly on the SEC's web site.

Thank you for considering my comment.


Jim Steitz