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Earlier this month, digital rights activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC, a super political action committee aimed at reforming U.S. campaign finance laws. 

To date, the Super PAC has raised more than $1.2 million in pledges from 17,500 people. Through Mayday, Lessig hopes to turn the mechanism of corporate influence in politics against itself. “If we are effective,” he says, “we will reduce the power of money.” 

The goal, according to Lessig, is to raise a total of $12 million by the 2014 midterm elections. Several Silicon Valley billionaires have lined up to match all donations to the Super PAC. 

That money, Lessig hopes, will be used to elect five candidates as a sort of proof of concept—showing lawmakers and voters alike that the issue of money in politics does matter and can be influenced by everyday citizens. 

If successful, Lessig and his supporters plan to launch during the 2016 election a much larger campaign aimed at reversing recent laws that have granted corporations unprecedented political influence. 

Mayday PAC: The Super PAC Built to Destroy Super PACs

Earlier this month, digital rights activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC, a super political action committee aimed at reforming U.S. campaign finance laws.

To date, the Super PAC has raised more than $1.2 million in pledges from 17,500 people. Through Mayday, Lessig hopes to turn the mechanism of corporate influence in politics against itself. “If we are effective,” he says, “we will reduce the power of money.”

The goal, according to Lessig, is to raise a total of $12 million by the 2014 midterm elections. Several Silicon Valley billionaires have lined up to match all donations to the Super PAC.

That money, Lessig hopes, will be used to elect five candidates as a sort of proof of concept—showing lawmakers and voters alike that the issue of money in politics does matter and can be influenced by everyday citizens.

If successful, Lessig and his supporters plan to launch during the 2016 election a much larger campaign aimed at reversing recent laws that have granted corporations unprecedented political influence.

Mayday PAC: The Super PAC Built to Destroy Super PACs

Suggesting that corporations have a protected right of speech and that money/spending is a form of that protected speech gives them hugely disproportionate influence over U.S. politics. It’s undemocratic.
David Rothkopf in our chat just now, when a reader asked him what he thinks of Super PACs.
Build your own Super-PAC!
Step One: Pick an active word, meaning to repair or improve.
Step Two: Pick a collective pronoun or possessive noun.
Step Three: Pick a single noun or phrase invoking an American ideal.

Build your own Super-PAC!

Step One: Pick an active word, meaning to repair or improve.

Step Two: Pick a collective pronoun or possessive noun.

Step Three: Pick a single noun or phrase invoking an American ideal.