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Four years of being in the dark‏

January 22, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today marks exactly four years of allowing an unlimited volume of corporate money to flood the U.S. policy-making process, courtesy of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In just four years we’ve seen an unprecedented amount of dollars inundate our political process and an inability to follow who is actually steering conversations on the policies that deeply impact our health, safety, and environment. And our recent study on corporations’ ability to obstruct climate action through their trade and business associations—with no disclosure and accountability—is a perfect case-in-point.

The public deserves to know who is influencing policies that affect our wellbeing. The proposed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule is an essential step to do just that.

Tell the SEC to shed light on corporate political spending and pass this rule.

By requiring publicly traded companies to disclose more about their political spending, including their support for trade and business associations, this rule would allow for greater knowledge on how these corporate dollars are being spent.

It would only be fitting that, on this anniversary day, the SEC hear from thousands of concerned citizens, scientists, and investors, who demand greater transparency. Help push back against special interests’ efforts to inappropriately influence public policy and delay action on protecting our public health and environment—email the SEC in support of the rule today.

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