Subject: File No. 4-637
From: Mark Smith

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.

Thank you for considering my comment.

This is NOT the Corporate States of America.  It is the United States of America, a country built by it's people for it's people.  This country was based on the idea that all men are created equal, and I agree with that.  NO-ONE should be allowed to buy power, to buy elections in any clandestine fashion.  Force companies to own up to their spending and take any heat for the issues they support from their equals, the people.  Don't allow He who supports the biggest corporations to win, instead call those corporations to task and make them issue notice whenever they spend money that belongs in the stock market.


Mark Smith