Subject: Require disclosure of corporate spending in politics.

Feb 4, 2012

Securities and Exchange Commission

Dear Commission,

Right now, Super PACs don't have to disclose their unlimited corporate donations. That means they can keep the public in the dark about who's funding the attack ads that bombard their TV screens daily. This is not democracy in action. It is demogoguery in action. Money has always influenced our elections, sad to admit, but it has reached incredible heights, or should I say depths, of ostentacious spending to influence how people vote. The principal of "one person, one vote" no longer really means anything. How much does the right and privilege to vote matter when that vote has been secured with the money of someone whose values are totally different from the voters' values but those voters don't realise that fact because they don't even know who is responsible for the cleverly manipulated information they received that influenced them to vote as they did.

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.


Helen Jo Williams