November 12, 2013
SEC Comment file 4-637
Dear Comment file 4-637,
I am deeply concerned about the influence of corporate money on our electoral process.
In particular, I am appalled that, because of the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, publicly traded corporations can spend investor's money on political activity in secret.
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 web site.
Getting money out of politics is a priority.The frontlines of environmental destruction around the world often start on Wall Street.
We cannot make significant progress on the most pressing environmental challenges with corporate influence deciding who is elected to office and with corporate influence determining the agendas of those elected to office.
Thank you for considering my comment.