March 28, 2014
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 investors' money 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.
The US government has past the point of being out of control. We were out of control in the 1960s when we fomented regime change in 3rd-world countries, where we were supposed to learn the lesson that exerting outside influence unequally results in widespread abuses of power by the wealthy industrialists and lessening the voices of the people. The US is now a complete police state. The only way for us to take back our rights and privileges to determine our government's policies and reduce these abuses is to put the power back in the hands of the voters
- and out of the hands of big business.
Think Monsanto has our interests in mind? Everyone who has ever died of cancer due to the chemical rape of our planet would disagree.
Thank you for considering my comment.