MayDay PAC Candidate Fails
The MayDay PAC, run by Lawrence Lessig, was established with the idea that it would support ethical reform in campaign finance, by providing enough funding to elect political candidates with integrity to the U.S. Congress. MayDay promised to promote “fundamental reform in the way elections are funded”, helping candidates who would take “small dollar contributions”.
As part of this agenda, the MayDay PAC supported Republican candidate Jim Rubens in his campaign to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate. However, the MayDay PAC’s efforts in this regard have turned out to be a double failure.
Failure 1: Jim Rubens wasn’t really a reform candidate. The Rubens for Senate campaign was boosted by Super PACs backed by big-money donors with Washington D.C. insider connections, including a PAC from Virginia that masqueraded as a New Hampshire political organization.
Failure 2: The MayDay PAC was unable to provide sufficient support to enable Jim Rubens to achieve electoral success. Jim Rubens lost yesterday’s Republican Party U.S. Senate primary in New Hampshire, getting only 24 percent of the Republican vote, about half of the number of votes that the victor, Scott Brown, received.
Is it possible for small donations to overcome the corrupting influence of big money in politics? The MayDay PAC’s activities in New Hampshire this year don’t provide any evidence for it.