Sunday, August 16, 2015

Lawrence Lessig wants to run for president to change the campaign finance and electoral system

Today, on his Global Public Square program, Fareed Zakaria mentioned the issue-oriented candidacy of Lawrence Lessig, as explained in this story in Reason (link ) or Newsweek, story .
Lessig wants to crowd-fund his candidacy.  After getting a “Citizen’s Equality Act of 2017” (link ), he would tur over the presidency to his vice-president.  That act would end overuse of campaign financing by “a few billionaires”, end gerrymandering, and guarantee an equal access to the polls.
Lessig has authored many books on the Internet and technology, including “Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace” (two volumes) and “Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity”.

Lessig's proposal could be compared to a postulated constitutional amendment in a book by John Paul Stevens, discussed here Aug. 2.  
Campaign finance reform has created unintended snags before.  In the middle 2000s, there was controversy as to whether unpaid blogging for a candidate could be viewed as a “political contribution”, but it eventually died down.  See post April 21, 2008, and this link on my Wordpress blog.

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