April 24, 2013
Dear Sirs and Madams,
I am writing to urge you to adopt the rule described in petition 4-637 to require publicly traded corporations to disclose political spending.
Given the fundamental imperative that corporations serve the interests of their shareholders, transparency must be required for shareholders to be able to make reasonable and informed decisions as to whether or not a corporation is properly acting in their interest.
If the healthy functioning of our free market depends on the driving force of informed consumers making rational decisions, then it must the be responsibility of the S.E.C. and other government bodies to promote information and rationality through policies that promote transparency, accountability, and the free access to information on corporations and other public entities.
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and this shadowy corner of the landscape of political-spending certainly falls within your jurisdiction to brighten up. The public interest demands that you do so.
Thank you for your consideration and action,