Subject: Comment on File Number 4-637

January 9, 2013

In 2013, I look forward to seeing you issue a rule requiring publicly traded corporations to publicly disclose all their political spending.

Money from publicly traded corporations – which belongs to investors – should never be secretly spent to distort our democracy. You can make this stop.

Both shareholders and the public must be fully informed as to how much corporations spend on politics and which candidates are being promoted or attacked. Disclosures of all political spending, including both candidates and lobbying organizations, as well as bill-writers such as ALEC, should be posted promptly on the SEC’s web site.

Thank you for doing the right thing.

Debbie Notkin

Oakland, CA