Subject: Comment on File Number 4-637

February 1, 2013

Dear Members of the Securities and Exchange Commission:

So I strongly support the SEC issuing a rule in the near future that would require publicly traded corporations to publicly disclose all their spending on political activities.

As a medical researcher, I am required to report and publish all my funding sources and potential conflicts of interest. Surely the health of our country's economy depends on honesty and openness, just as much as does health-related research. If the public deserves to know that a researcher owns stock in the drug for which she's publishing results, don't we also deserve to know that a politician or ad was paid for by a corporation that stands to benefit from the results?

Please follow up and mandate disclosure.


Laurel Beckett