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Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig: Bernie Sanders Is 'Running A Campaign To Win, Not To Govern'

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard professor who is exploring a long shot presidential run, said on Tuesday that Democratic presidential candi...

Larry Lessig's Half-Serious Plan to Hold the Country Hostage

Allen Dickerson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Allen Dickerson

Invoking the ghost of Eugene McCarthy, Harvard law professor Larry Lessig has announced that he will run for president as a single-issue candidate. Just as McCarthy, in 1968, "made the Vietnam War an issue," Lessig will campaign on a platform solely dedicated to campaign finance reforms.

We Are Not Thinking Big Enough

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

We need to dream not of turning conservatives into liberals, but of uniting America behind a principle that comes before "conservative" and "liberal." We need to recognize the core problem with America's democracy -- that its citizens are not equal as citizens.

Why Lessig Should Run For President As A Republican

Derek Cressman | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Derek Cressman

Lessig has said he would run as a Democrat and would choose someone like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders as his vice president. That person would take over and run the country once the reform agenda had passed. And that is precisely why his plan won't work, even if he miraculously was elected.

Bernie Has It. Trump Has It. Joe Has It. Does Hillary?

Marty Kaplan | Posted 08.17.2015 | Media
Marty Kaplan

As Joe Biden polls family and friends about entering the presidential fray, he's getting two kinds of advice -- personal and political. The personal is about his life, his values and what he can give to his country. The political is about Hillary Clinton's vulnerability.

Harvard Professor Leaves Ivory Tower to Fight Money in Politics

David Cahn | Posted 08.13.2015 | College
David Cahn

The Harvard Professor likens his candidacy to that of Eugene McCarthy, who turned the Vietnam War into the central issue of the 1968. Today, 80 percent of Americans say there's too much money in politics but less than 1 percent say that it is the most important issue they consider when voting

Why I Want to Run

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

I want to run. But I want to run to be a different kind of president. "Different" not in the traditional political puffery sense of that term. "Different," quite literally. I want to run to build a mandate for the fundamental change that our democracy desperately needs.

The Demise of American Democracy and the 2016 Election

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Democracy in America is on life support. If we don't soon rally en masse to its defense, corporate interests will pull the plug. Sanders is the only candidate to fully realize what's at stake, to tell the truth, and to articulate what WE, the People, must do.

Mayday II

Jay Mandle | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Jay Mandle

The campaign reform message has to change from corruption to economic inequality, and that message will have to be delivered with grassroots efforts in support of charismatic candidates. Mayday's politics are in need of serious change.

Watch: The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In this turbulent midterm election year, two academics decided to practice what they preached. They left the classroom, confronted the reality of down-and-dirty politics, and tried to replace moneyed interests with the public interest.

Paul Blumenthal

Mayday PAC Lost Nearly All Its Races This Year, But Refuses To Concede Defeat

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly every effort by Mayday PAC to elect a candidate who favored campaign finance reform in a contested race fell flat on Tuesday. ...

Why Citizens United Kept Me From Contributing to Candidates in Campaign 2014

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The Supreme Court didn't directly tell me I'm not allowed to contribute to political candidates. Instead, they've just made it fairly meaningless for me to bother.

Paul Blumenthal

Outside Money Surge Makes Kansas Senate Race Costliest In State History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Few Senate races have seen a gush of spending like the competition in Kansas between Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and independent challenger Gre...

Texas Newspapers Could Carry Democracy From... Hong Kong!

Jim Sleeper | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Texas voters should emulate Hong Kong residents by turning out massively on November 4 to defy their state's and our Dred Scott Supreme Court's effort to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of citizens who've voted legitimately in the past.

'This Is Your Country,' My #MayDayin30 Video

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

I believe that we can use the modern tools available to spread awareness and empower citizens, and that our collective stories can affect revolutionary reform. It is why I am committed to storytelling as a medium for activism, with citizen journalism today serving as oversight.

Paul Blumenthal

Major Investment In Unlikely 2014 Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The "super PAC to end all super PACs" is making its second-biggest foray into 2014 elections with a $1 million expenditure supporting De...

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Gets Big Boost In Challenge To Andrew Cuomo

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Harvard law professor and leading campaign finance reform advocate Lawrence Lessig called on supporters of his anti-corruption super PAC...

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

Cuomo Under Fire For Meddling In Anti-Corruption Panel He Created

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is under fire from good government groups and his potential Democratic primary opponent after a New York ...

Fake Kentucky Senate Candidate Is Brutally And Hilariously Honest

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

Represent.Us, an organization that seeks to "end the culture of legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics," has put up fake candida...

The Super PAC To End All Super PACs Reaches Major Fundraising Goal

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

The "super PAC to end all super PACs" reached a major fundraising goal on Friday in its quest to reduce the influence of money in politics. In an I...

The Bold Plan To Save American Democracy

The New Republic | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

In theory, there are a variety of ways to rein in the power of Super PACs and the political influence of the ultra-rich who fund them. Starting your o...

Paul Blumenthal

Tech Titans From Both Parties Get Behind Super PAC To End All Super PACs

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Big-name technology titans from different ideological backgrounds are backing a super PAC formed by Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig to...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC To End All Super PACs Has Super Start

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Aaron's Walk: The New Hampshire Rebellion

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

On Saturday, we begin a walk across the state of New Hampshire, to launch a campaign to bring about an end to the system of corruption that we believe infects DC. This is the New Hampshire Rebellion.