Lithium button batteries have come a long way over the last few years -- but not necessarily at Duracell, which still makes lithium button batteries for toys, remotes, and the like that can burn through a child's throat in a mere fifteen minutes, if a child happens to swallow one. But they just tell parents to watch their kids and make sure they don't swallow them. Even though toddlers can get into a whole lot of things with a quickness, most folks (even most parents!) want to tell parents that at some time or other -- after all, it's been pretty obvious for a while that no one watched Donald Trump enough when he was a kid. But what we need to train ourselves to do more, frankly, is tell corporations: if you can make something so that it's safe, why not just do it already? Maybe Duracell will tell you making their button batteries safer would drive up the price, but so what? No one who loses their child to a swallowed battery will console themselves with the notion that at least they didn't pay as much for it. Hence Sum of Us helps you tell Duracell to help keep children safer by making their batteries safer.
Meanwhile, H.R. 430/S. 229, the DISCLOSE Act, would require corporations, unions, and other entities to disclose any campaign spending of more than $10,000 they undertake -- and would also require those entities to disclose the names of any donors who contributed more than $1,000 to that effort. Why? Because money is not speech, and disclosing the names of the big donors who seem to get whatever they like after they donate their money is not "bullying," as Super Great and Awesome Real American President Mitch McConnell has called it. The DISCLOSE Act would also expand the definition of "independent expenditure" so that corporations et al can't hide their donors as easily behind an "issue ad," which may slam a particular candidate while avoiding literally expressing a preference for one. I disagree with the part that would let folks 17 and under donate money to campaigns, not just because children aren't supposed to have all the same rights as adults, but also because "contributions from children" sure looks like a way to launder money. Still, Sign for Good helps you tell your Congressfolk to support the DISCLOSE Act.