November 6, 2013
SEC Comment file 4-637
Dear Comment file 4-637,
Hi there -- like many millions of other Americans, I am deeply concerned about the influence of corporate money on our electoral process.
In particular, I'm appalled that, because of the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, publicly traded corporations can spend investors' money on political activity in complete secrecy. This is totally wrong.
I am writing to urge the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue a rule requiring publicly traded corporations to publicly disclose all their political spending. Both shareholders and the public MUST be fully informed as to how much the corporation spends on politics and which candidates are being promoted or attacked. Disclosures should be posted promptly on the SEC's website.
Thank you for your time and attention in this matter, which matters deeply, inexorably linked as it is to the coarse and bottom-feeding political discourse of our time, and the politicians who would pander to those trading in the same.