Subject: Comment on File Number S7-07-13

October 12, 2013

I write in favor of Dodd-Frank Rule 953 b which allows citizens, employees and stock holders know the pay levels of executives and line workers. As income levels continue to show that line workers, most of us, are not benefiting as executives do. This information is just the truth and should be available.

support Dodd-Frank rule 953(b) American workers are more productive than ever, but, year after year, studies show working Americans earning less and less, even as CEO pay balloons and corporate profits soar.

Disclosing corporate pay ratios between CEOs and average employees will finally show which corporations are driving this trend, which siphons money away from investors, and into the pockets of CEOs. In 1990, senior executive pay absorbed 5 percent of corporate profits. Today, according to Government Metrics International, it absorbs 10 percent.

Fairer pay structures mean stronger companies and a stronger economy both of which are important to me as a consumer and as an investor.

No doubt there are a select few who benefit from the status quo of keeping the pay disparities undisclosed. Stand firm, and implement the law as written.

Thank you for considering my comment,

JOHN TOWNSEND

HOLLY HILL, FL