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Larry Lessig

Law Firm Offering Free Legal Advice To Electors Who Don't Want To Vote For Trump

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A new organization is offering pro bono legal assistance to any Electoral College member who decides to break with the will of the peop...

Larry Lessig Takes His Plan To Congress

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Lawrence Lessig's plea to members of Congress wasn't exactly diplomatic. The Harvard law professor was referring to the outside role fundraising plays in lawmakers' schedules, and surveys showing that the most people believe the current system keeps them from being heard.

Why Donald Trump Is Terrible For Campaign Finance Reform

Geng Ngarmboonanant | Posted 11.09.2016 | Entertainment
Geng Ngarmboonanant

Even if we believe that self-funded campaigns are less prone to quid pro quo transactions between candidate and donor, surely a system where billionaire politicians hold extraordinary advantages over regular politicians is just as corrupt.

Larry Lessig Drops Out Of Democratic Primary Race

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

Harvard Law School professor and political activist Larry Lessig has dropped his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Lessig announced the...

Suddenly Democrats Have To Worry About The Black Vote

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics

So that happened. Bernie Sanders had what might have been a dream week as a presidential candidate, drawing bigger crowds than anyone else in the race...

Larry Lessig Believes Democracy Is Screwed. So He's Running For President To Save It.

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Larry Lessig, a well-known legal theorist and political activist, is taking the plunge into electoral politics, announcing on Tuesday th...

A New Hope for 2016: @Lessig for #President

Cenk Uygur | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

96 percent of Americans agree that it is important to reduce the influence of money in elections. Just about the only people who disagree are five Supreme Court justices and the corrupt Congress who got elected through that money. Otherwise, real Republican, Democratic and independent voters all agree: If you take a lot of money from someone, you are likely to do what they ask you to do. This used to be called bribery.

The Progressive Presidential Primary

Cenk Uygur | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

So far there haven't been very many progressives willing to stick their head out there and say they're willing to take on Team Hillary. I understand that the Washington media is saying that she can't be beat. That's hilarious. Isn't that exactly what they said in 2008?

Ryan Grim

Silicon Valley Gets A Warm Washington Welcome To Politics | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Silicon Valley executives who gave big money to a super PAC are facing blowback from one of its targets. The mission of the Mayday PAC, ...

Paul Blumenthal

Crowdpac Helps Small Donors Find A Perfect Match In Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Combining a unique data set with a nonpartisan outlook, a new organization called Crowdpac hopes to break out of the pack of political c...

Republicans and Democrats Both Use Impeachment Food Fight for Fun and Profit

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If I get one more email asking me for money to stop the Republicans from impeaching Obama, I may have to change my email address. And if I were a Republican, I'd probably feel the same way about an endless stream of emails asking for money to stop Obama from exercising dictatorial powers, to sue him, or possibly impeach him.

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC To End All Super PACs Has Super Start | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On May 1, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig launched what he calls a "super PAC to end all super PACs." Lessig, one of a new breed of ca...

Why Generation Y Is Addicted to Living Life Above the Law

Brian Hanley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology
Brian Hanley

My generation must now assume responsibility for its actions. We need to work hand in hand with lawmakers to strike a balance in which copyright law protects existing intellectual property, but doesn't stifle the creation of future intangible assets.

8 Ways to Help Overturn Citizens United

Edward Erikson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Edward Erikson

Our government looks less and less like a democracy -- rule by the people -- and more like a plutocracy -- rule by the wealthy.People across the country are taking action. Here are seven ways you can help overturn Citizens United.

On Aaron Swartz: Looking Forward

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.18.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If any good can come of this, it's the wider attention Aaron's death has brought to his struggle with corruption, and his efforts to create the tools needed to fix it.

Zach Carter

Family: Pioneering Internet Activist's Suicide 'A Product Of Prosecutorial Overreach' | Zach Carter | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

Open democracy advocate and internet pioneer Aaron Swartz was found dead Friday in an apparent suicide, flooding the digital spectrum with an outpouri...

Paul Blumenthal

Top Dogs In Campaign Finance Reform Throw Down | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a money-in-politics conference at UCLA on Saturday, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, a leading critic of privately funded elect...

Democracy For The 99%

Nick Nyhart | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

Hundreds of candidates across the country have already run and won depending only small donations combined with public funds.

The UnConvention

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

The Coffee Party you say? Still in its infancy, it was born with a single post on Facebook, its founder conveying deep dismay at what passes for political discourse in this country.

Copyright and Remixing Kanye Tweets and New Yorker Cartoons

Edward Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Edward Lee

A comedy singing group named Paul and Storm took a bunch of New Yorker cartoons and remixed their captions with tweets from Kanye West. So what does this mean for copyright in our remix culture?

Larry Lessig: How Deregulation Failed the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If the FCC won't listen to history, perhaps it will listen to the present and a public demanding that the agency does the right thing by reclassifying broadband.

The Roberts Court's Corporate Radicalism: Progressives Need Kagan, SCOTUS Refocus

Dan Manatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Manatt

Making the Roberts Court's Corporate Radicalism a theme of the Kagan hearings should be Progressives' SCOTUS focus right now.

Lawrence Lessig Calls Glenn Greenwald's Critique Of Elena Kagan 'Absurd'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A well-known law professor and popular liberal commentator are locked in a pitched battle -- playing out on their blogs and on the airwaves -- over Pr...

Diversionary Dangers of Amending the Constitution

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Post Citizens United vs. FEC, Americans should be less concerned with who spends money on campaigns and more concerned by ill-informed citizens who enable that spending to have a profound effect.

Senator Ben Nelson Is Angry (Second in a Series)

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

A new report that claims Nelson received $2 million from insurance and health care interests leads the public to wonder whether it is the merits or the money that is driving his decisions.