January 31, 2012
Securities and Exchange Commission
I have been a voter since 1972 and since that time I have witnessed the demise of a good representation of democracy on several levels. I feel that directly relates to the money spent in elections. We are a great country that has become an embarrassing representation of what NOT to do if our USA wants to role model democracy in the world. The involvement of money and who can raise the most to get elected is an abuse to that which our our country stand for. the great USA has many people suffering and more children living in poverty than a decade ago when it already was a significant, albeit, undressed issue - children and babies living in poverty, undernourished and US has an infant mortality rate above ALL developed countries and some developing countries - We must have full disclosure as a first step in reestablishing a good political system. One that is elected by and for the people - not manipulated into office by big money. If those millions and millions that are spent in campaigning could be channeled into service for taking care of our poor (yes, it is OUR poor), taking care of OUR families (aka our future) vocational training for kids that do not want to take the traditional high school path to name a few.
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. The approaches and money spent in attack ads and the purchase of 'air time' are the antithesis of what I would want any child or teen to view! It is emotional abuse and lacks the best use of intelligence unless one is run by abuse of power and greed for power.! It's just plain ugly and very low functioning. The cycle taking place for the 2012's is the very worst ever.
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.