From: Leahy for Senate on behalf of Brian Mahany Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 5:25 PM

Subject: Require disclosure of corporate spending in politics. 4-637

(sn# 1062)

January 31, 2012

Securities and Exchange Commission

Dear Commission,

Right now, Super PACs don't have to disclose their unlimited corporate donations. That means they can keep the public in the dark about who's funding the attack ads that bombard their TV screens daily.

That's why I'm joining with the 14 United States senators who formally asked you to use your regulatory authority to require that corporations disclose their spending in elections.

SEC: Exercise your regulatory authority to require public disclosure of corporate political contributions.

Do the right thing here. Require corporations to disclose their corporate political contributions. A constitutional ammendment will negate Citizens United and the egregious effects of unbridled money flowing into the democratic processs in this country.This will happen with, or without your regulatory authority being enforced.However, it would be the right thing to do under the present circumstances, and better enable citizens to preserve the democratic process in this country.


Brian Mahany