January 24, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
Securities and Exchange Commission
Dear Securities and Exchange Commission,
I am writing to urge you--beg you, in fact--to return rule #4-637 to the 2014 rulemaking agenda for swift enactment, and require corporations to disclose their political spending. As citizens, we have the right to know who is exercising influence over the political process! Without that knowledge, we cannot exercise the prerogatives of citizens; we are just objects to be manipulated, and representative government is a sham.
Most people I know are already deeply cynical about politics. They feel it is pointless to participate in a system where they have no power and are deceived and kept in the dark on a regular basis. So they don't vote and they don't pay attention. The framers of the US Constitution would be appalled, I imagine, to realize that representative government has come to such grief.
Please do not confirm my cynical friends and neighbors in their opinions by caving in to the powerful donors who oppose the disclosure rule. I read that the SEC received more comments in support of this rule than any other in the agency's history. Please show us that our demands for transparency have been heard.
Please enact rule #4-637. Thank you.
Ms. Glenn Fieldman, Ph.D.