S. 1997, the USA RIGHTS Act, would go considerably farther in protecting our right not to be spied upon by our government than H.R. 3989, the bill Congressional leaders would obviously rather pass. As you may know, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (or FISA) authorizes our government's collection (though not scrutiny) of electronic communications without getting a warrant from a judge, like the Fourth Amendment mandates. But where H.R. 3989 would actually expand such surveillance under Section 702, the USA RIGHTS Act would limit it, by preventing our government from collecting as much information or using that information in court, and would also prevent our government from conducting "reverse targeting," where they pretend to spy on a foreign target so they can actually spy on an American who might be communicating with them. That's so low it's a little hard to believe we'd have to tell our government not to do it! But we do. So CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to protect good Americans from unwarranted government spying by passing the USA RIGHTS Act.
Meanwhile, pension fund corporation Vanguard holds a shareholder meeting this month -- its first since the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision in 2009, wonder how they got away with that -- and thus this shareholder meeting will be the first opportunity for shareholders to address Vanguard's intentions in re campaign spending and disclosure. Vanguard invests in a lot of different corporations, as you might imagine, and so they actually have a lot of leverage in affecting corporate campaign finance disclosure -- not as much as, say, an SEC rule forcing publicly-traded corporations to disclose their campaign spending, but that's just another thing President Obama couldn't deliver on, despite having plenty of opportunities to do so, and we're certainly not going to get something like that from the regulation-hating President Trump. So Public Citizen helps you tell Vanguard to push the corporations in which they invest to disclose their campaign spending. If they did anything else, they'd be enabling big corporations to spend more money in secret.
Finally, today is Election Day, which means you ought to go out and vote, even though it's an odd-numbered election year. If you have any trouble voting, of course, you should call 1.866.OUR.VOTE (or if, like me, you hate mnemonic devices for remembering phone numbers, 1.866.687.8683). You know what'd be a good reason to call 1.866.OUR.VOTE? Well, of course, being told you can't vote if you have unpaid parking tickets or child support, or getting challenged by official-looking people who don't actually have any authority to challenge voters, or getting a flyer telling you Election Day is on Wednesday for people like you wink-wink are all good reasons to make that call, but what if you show up at the polls and the election worker says they can't find your registration? Well, you might be a victim of lousy recordkeeping, or you might be a victim of the Interstate Crosscheck database, which, as you know, helps nefarious state actors deregister voters with the same name as voters in other states, though most names are, as you know, quite common (and Interstate Crosscheck doesn't check middle names of Social Security numbers!) In any case, that's something we'd definitely want to find out. Good luck and God bless.