Subject: File No. 4-637

February 2, 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 health of our democracy depends on eliminating undue influence by wealthy special interests and corporations. Real transparency is the least we can do to begin reigning in these powerful forces trying to manipulate our political system for their personal gain.

Thank you for considering my comment.



Todd Hildebrandt