March 21, 2012
I am greatly dismayed and annoyed that publicly traded companies, in which I may be a shareholder, can spend funds to influence political events. These funds belong to stockholders, and stockholder permnission should be obtained before funds can be spent in such a fashion.
It seems obvious and self-evident to me that companies are not human beings, and that their CEO's are not best-knowing super humans with the right to speak for uninformed multitudes.
Please use your regulatory powers to prevent companies from spending shareholder funds for political activites without the fully informed consent of stockholders. In addition, please establish regulations so that the general public, who may be purchasing companies' goods and services, will also be fully informed.
Respctfully - Dieter Bruehl, Ph.D.
Dieter Bruehl PhD