The Securities and Exchange Commission still hasn't put campaign finance disclosure on its 2014 agenda -- this, after over 600,000 good Americans told the SEC to mandate that publicly-traded corporations disclose their political spending. Remember back in the day when politicians didn't want campaign finance reform but said disclosure would be enough? Now those same politicians have moved the goalposts and don't want disclosure. Some of them say disclosure would be like fascism (an insult to those who've lived under actual fascism), and others say disclosure would be like bullying. Have pity for those poor, poor people with millions of dollars to spend on their very own knuckle-dragging politicians! If such folk really feel "bullied" by the American people -- or, more precisely, their shareholders, since the SEC's mission is to protect them -- then they can always see a therapist. I can't wait for the day when our elites just throw away any pretense of civilization and start calling disclosure "terrorism." So Demos joins with MoveOn to help you tell the SEC to shine a little light on corporate campaign spending.
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell Pennsylvania state legislators to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10/hour. Getting our federal government to raise the minimum wage has been rather like pulling teeth, even though nearly two-thirds of Americans want it; thus we're putting state legislators on the spot, for which they'll no doubt thank recalcitrant federal legislators who seem to think the minimum wage is like Hitler, or the TV idiots who love to tell stories about how they used to work for $2/hour back when $2 had the buying power of $10 but they didn't tell you that part. Pennsylvania's state minimum wage is, like the federal wage, $7.25/hour, but you're not going to find a two-bedroom apartment at that salary and have very much left over for things like food and electricity. Giving over a million Pennsylvania workers a nearly three-dollar-an-hour boost will not only help them make ends meet, it'll help our economy, too -- working folks tend to put most-if-not-all of their money back into the economy, and only pumping up demand is going to get this economy going again.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the FCC to save network neutrality, then both CREDO and Common Cause still help you do that. Without net neutrality -- that is, without the principle that you, not some big corporation, should control your internet experience, the principle that big telecom corporations shouldn't be allowed to speed up or slow down or block any web content just because of where it comes from, who owns it, or where it's going -- the internet will become like cable TV, that magical land where the most decadent reality shows are on a channel called The Learning Channel, where cable news shows never disclose the multitudinous conflicts-of-interests their "experts" have, where the lived experience of minorities and women and Southerners are still underrepresented on 500 channels. You want your internet to be like that? Hell no you don't! But if the big telecoms get their way, your internet will be like that -- a pay-to-play wonderland where some corporation's imagined "right" to "new revenue streams" ruins your right to free speech and freedom of association.