Subject: File No. 4-637
From: Frank Blaeuer

February 1, 2013

Dear Members of the Securities and Exchange Commission:

It's long past time to end secret political spending by corporations.
 
So I strongly support the SEC issuing a rule in the near future that would require publicly traded corporations to publicly disclose all their spending on political activities.

Both shareholders and the public deserve to know how much a given corporation spends on politics (directly and through intermediaries), and which candidates are being promoted or attacked.

In fact, it is my opinion that corporations are NOT people and therefore, should not be able to flood political campaigns with money.  Anyone who cannot see how this is polluting our democracy and skewing it toward the wealthy is simply being disingenuous (at best).

Thank you for considering my comment.

 

Sincerely,

Frank Blaeuer