In Washington, DC, where 37% of residents are white, 62% of donors to the last mayoral race were white. In Chicago, where 39% of residents are white, 94% of donors to Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral campaign were white.
Harvard professor and campaign finance reform crusader Lawrence Lessig is running for the Democratic nomination for president. He was not allowed in tonight’s debates. Luckily, he stopped by to explain his entire platform to us.
If America ever wants to shed our cynical, accurate view of our political system being solely a game for the rich, we must—must!—reform the way we finance political campaigns. This week, Congress is determined to take a big step in the wrong direction.
If we ever hope to be a truly fair representative democracy, we need to have campaign finance reform. The Republicans in the Senate have just blocked a proposed Constitutional amendment that might help do that. In America, the money owns the people. Not the other way around.
Harvard law professor and public intellectual extraordinaire Lawrence Lessig has a bold idea: raising money in order to take money out of politics. He's here to answer your questions about his plan to start a super PAC with the express purpose of destroying super PACs, and saving democracy.
Hamilton Nolan · 06/10/14 09:48AM
Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, who has launched a PAC with the ironic but noble goal of getting money out of politics, will be joining us at 12 noon today to answer your questions about effective democracy and campaign finance reform. Start thinking.