February 7, 2013
Dear Members of the Securities and Exchange Commission:
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. I encourage you to move ahead quickly.
Both shareholders and the public deserve to know how much a given corporation spends on politics (directly and through intermediaries), and which candidates are being promoted or attacked. It makes a difference to me when I am able to learn of corporate contributions and it would be useful to have a reliable source of information. Secret free speech does not contribute to democracy or to a fair capitalist system.
Thank you for considering my comment.