March 28, 2014
I am deeply concerned about the influence of corporate money on our electoral process.
In my book, a democracy is founded on the principle of "one man,
one vote." Now (thanks to "Citizens United")
corporations can literally buy legislators by donating huge sums IN SECRET to finance election campaigns -- a shocking violation of that principle. Our democratic process is being destroyed by an internal attack that is just as deadly to our national survival as were the foreign aggressors whose threats we've successfully fought off for centuries at great cost in human lives. I would hate to think they've died in vain.
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 100% deserve to be fully informed as to how much the corporation spends on politics and which candidates are being promoted or attacked. This information should be posted promptly on the SEC's web site.
You have the power to force this secret erosion of our democracy out into the open where it can be seen for what it is. I hope and pray you will do so.
Thank you for considering my comment.