February 16, 2012
Due to the U.S. Supreme Courtís ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate CEOs are spending unprecedented, unlimited, and undisclosed amounts of money to elect the candidates of their choice in 2012, not just in the White House, but in our Congress. But the immense wealth at their command doesnít really belong to them; it belongs to the shareholders of their companies.
And, no matter how capable, and no matter how powerful this elite group of corporate bosses has come to be, they should not be allowed to include our retirement savings and our investments in their secret political war chests.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a federal agency charged with protecting the public from fraud and abuse, has the authority to require publicly traded companies to disclose how they spend money to influence our elections, thus I'm asking, nay, begging you to require a disclosure of political spending by corporations.
Elizabeth J Neff
American Citizen & Concerned Voter