From: Leahy for Senate on behalf of John Slampyak Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 5:25 PM

Subject: Require disclosure of corporate spending in politics. 4-637

January 31, 2012

Securities and Exchange Commission

Dear Commission,

The discourse for the primary campaigns is already heated with charges of lies and unfair advertising. The individual candidates or the political parties have to watch what they say and they usually sponsor the positive ads. Their super PAC's are not supposed to answer to them, and are thus free to sling the mud, those dirty, negative, lying ads. The worse thing is that we don't know who are behind those ads, whether small contributions from individuals, large individual contributions or corporations, domestic or foreign. All we know is that whoever are responsible for the ads are too ashamed or too secretive to put their names behind them.

That's why I'm joining with the 14 United States senators who formally asked you to use your regulatory authority to require that corporations disclose their spending in elections.

SEC: Exercise your regulatory authority to require public disclosure of corporate political contributions.


John Slampyak