Sent: February 4, 2013
Subject: Comment on File Number 4-637

February 04, 2013

Dear Members of the Securities and Exchange Commission:

It's long past time to end secret political spending by corporations. Corporations and super wealthy individuals are able to effectively propagandize the public through media they own and control. This is negatively affecting our election process. It is NOT what the founders had in mind when they spoke of the necessity of an "informed public" in order for our democracy to work. The public has the right to know WHO is speaking when they hear election material!!

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.



Cynthia Lawton-Singer