From: Leahy for Senate on behalf of Cynthia Lawton-Singer Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:56 PM

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

(sn# 1074)

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.

As a person who ALWAYS pays attention to the political conversations and what is going on, who is saying and doing things- I know that these PACs are NOT necessarily giving people real information. They are using manipulative tactics to push people into voting a certain way. They use propaganda, highly charged language, coded language, and deception and lies all mixed with truth and statements taken out of context. THIS IS NOT THE INFORMATION THAT AN INFORMED ELECTORATE SHOULD BE USING TO DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR!!!! You MUST make the donors to these super-PACs transparent. That is a bit of information that will actually help people to make sense of the political chaos the power /money people are creating during the (now never ending) election cycle.


Cynthia Lawton-Singer