Mr. Ethics’ Ethics Problem with Americans Elect: Et Tu, Lawrence Lessig?
John Lumea documents that another member of the Americans Elect leadership, ethicist Lawrence Lessig, has been heading onto the airwaves to promote Buddy Roemer’s presidential prospect in the Americans Elect system, undermining Americans Elect’s own neutrality stance. According to Lumea, Lessig hasn’t disclosed his leadership role in Americans Elect while promoting Americans Elect and Roemer on the TV.
Another interesting part of Lumea’s essay is the consideration of corruption. Lessig is focused on proving that Americans Elect’s big money isn’t leading to quid pro quo corruption in the form of direct deals: you give Americans Elect your big hedge fund check, you get the specific candidate you like. Lumea identifies another form of corruption — corruption of the democratic process — that’s just as important to consider.