Subject: File No. 4-637
From: Travis Ballstadt

January 10, 2013

Securities and Exchange Comm.

Dear Securities and Exchange Comm.,

I’m writing to urge the commission’s prompt approval of rules requiring public disclosure of political spending by publicly-held companies. Disclosure is vital to the SEC’s responsibility to ensure that investors have the information they need to make sound decisions about when and where to put their money. Shareholders also have a right to know how companies in their investment portfolios are investing that money, particularly when the spending falls outside the company’s normal business activity.

I believe in voting not just in elections, but with every purchase I make. I refuse to give financial support to companies who support a value system that is destroying America and its government. If they are going to be allowed to purchase politicians to influence legislation, the American people have the right to know who is giving how much to which politicians and PACs.

Thank you for considering my comment.


Travis Ballstadt