Subject: File No. 4-637
From: Sheryl Sparling

January 10, 2013

Securities and Exchange Comm.

Dear Securities and Exchange Comm.,

How and where people spend their money is data that is mined and sold without their permission. (An outrage by the way!) Soldiers sell sensitive military information via books and movies. (They should not profit by weakening our defense.) And yet corporations and billionaires/millionaires want to keep their potitical donations private. What are they afraid of??
I don't think so!!

Transparency, especially in this area, is vital for DEMOCRACY!! 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.

Thank you for considering my comment.


Sheryl Sparling