October 2, 2015
Securities and Exchange Commission
Dear Securities and Exchange Commission,
I am writing to urge you to return rule #4-637 to your agenda this year for swift enactment. I recently was fortunate enough to see an interview with Al Gore who discussed that climate change deniers were using the same tactics that bought the cigarette industry forty years before they had to actually do something. We know how many deaths that misinformation cost many who had they known the truth might have made other choices.
This rule, requiring public companies to disclose political spending and funding of trade and business associations, is essential to making our policy processes more transparent and holding corporations accountable for their political influence.
With no requirement for corporations to disclose political donations or funding of organizations, the public is left in the dark about how companies are using their money to hinder policies that are in the public interest.
This proposed rule has received more than one million comments of support--more than any other SEC rule. And 81 percent of Americans believe that corporations should only spend money on political campaigns if they disclose that spending publicly. Since corporations have been determined to be "people." even though that is nonsense, it seems they should then be treated as "people"
who have to disclose such information. Commissioners should not ignore this overwhelming public support and cave to pressure from business interest groups who want to continue to operate in secret.
Please enact rule #4-637.
Sincerely,Desiree de Angelise