Subject: File No. 4-637
From: Kurt R. Bickford

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.

The day we stop these self-serving agendas from occurring and place the greater good to the forefront is the day we realize the American ideal. Special interests only serve to divide our nation and world. It is time for mature leadership.

Thank you for considering my comment.



Kurt R. Bickford