April 24, 2013
I am a human person, not a corporate person, and an owner with my wife of well over $1 million in mutual fund shares that own common stock in publicly traded corporations. I want to know when I invest in a company whether it is using the corporation's resources to engage in political activity that I approve of, or whether it is promoting a political agenda that maximizes the power and wealth of the wealthiest owners of the company, while disadvantaging everyone else. I also want to know whether the corporation is using its resources to injure the long-term needs of the country and the world.
I realize that if I know what the corporation has done, I may not be able to change its politics. But then I can sell my shares and not be associated with its actions. I see no valid reason for a corporation to have the power to engage in secret politics. This is another form of corruption, and the SEC should not permit it any longer. Thank you.
Mitchell ZimmermanPalo Alto, CA