November 6, 2013
SEC Comment file 4-637
Dear Comment file 4-637,
I am deeply concerned about the influence of corporate money on our electoral process.
In particular, I am appalled that, because of the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, publicly traded corporations can spend investor's money on political activity in secret.
I am writing to urge the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue a rule requiring publicly traded corporations to publicly disclose all their political spending.
Both shareholders and the public must be fully informed as to how much the corporation spends on politics and which candidates are being promoted or attacked. Disclosures should be posted promptly on the SEC's web site.
As American Citizens, we feel we have the right to know which large corporations are funding the elections. We do know that politicians give much of their time and energy to protect those corporations, no matter how detrimental it might be for our environment; our lives. Our country and our earth are in such a fragile state right now, we must be able to know what we are up against. We absolutely must get corporate
greed OUT of Washington D.C.! We, The People all feel this way, it's
only the large corporations that do not agree, and want to hide. And so far, the court has given them permission to do so. This is wrong. I beg you to help us with this. Our country is at stake. Our lives are at stake.
Thank you for considering my comment.