Good news, everyone -- the DISCLOSE Act is back! This time it's H.R. 6239/S. 3150, and it'd do the same thing it's wanted to do since its initial introduction back in 2010 -- shed some sunlight on folks spending billions of dollars to influence your vote. Most Americans agree that money isn't speech, and most Americans agree that more money in political campaigns is a bad thing -- and most Americans also agree that they want to know who's behind campaign ads. What are Our Glorious Elites afraid of, then? They're afraid of losing wealth and positions they never earned in the first place, that's what. No use arguing that "it takes a lot of money to build an effective campaign," because our Constitution isn't about "effective campaigning" but about redressing grievances with your representatives, and any articulate citizen can do that. Hence a group of good-government groups helps you tell your Reps and Senators to support the DISCLOSE Act.
Meanwhile, Mercy for Animals has begun a petition on Change.org which helps you tell the Brazilian corporation JBS, which is the world's largest meat-processing corporation, to stop putting their feed animals in gestation crates. You may recall the nefarious "gestation crate" from previous action alerts; the entire European Union has banned them, as has Canada and 10 American. Gestation crates are about two feet wide and around six and a half feet long; think it'd be enjoyable to spend your entire life in one of those, as a lot of feed animals do? Pigs can't turn around in them, and it drives them bananas, as it would do to any intelligent and social animal. And these crates don't even have a bottom, so that animals' poop and urine can be sprayed out from underneath them with minimal effort. Only a big corporation would think a gestation crate is a splendid idea, but they don't get all the say around here.