Subject: Comment to File Number S7-23-19
From: John Gullett

Jan. 30, 2020

Dear SEC Rule Comments, 

American investors and the public want accountability from corporations. The SEC’s attempt to evade shareholder oversight is adverse to the national interests 

The federal agency tasked with protecting American investors should be encouraging a robust system of checks and balances between the owners of corporate wealth and companies’ management, not shutting down the main path for providing shareholder input. 

Proposed anti-democratic new rules would make it harder for investors to raise issues with managers, which would halt progress toward addressing critical issues impacting citizens 

The SEC should be facilitating shareholder democracy, not undermining it. This new set of rules should not be advanced. 

Thank you for considering my comment. 

John Gullett