Post Mortem On Lawrence Lessig Campaign Disaster
For years, Harvard University Law professor Lawrence Lessig has claimed to be the spokesman for an ethical “centrist” political agenda that enjoyed the support of the majority of the American people. Repeatedly, the American people have repudiated Lawrence Lessig’s political agenda, showing that it is not ethical, far outside the center of American politics, and not at all representative of what most American voters want from their government.
Lessig’s descent into political absurdity began with his association with Americans Elect, a political party that was propped up with dirty Wall Street money, supporting radical financial elitist plans to undermine popular programs like Social Security and Medicare that working Americans depend upon to get through life with a basic level of financial stability. Americans Elect promised to set up a transparent political movement with a presidential candidate who would be selected by rank and file voters, but actually operated as a top-down political organization controlled by a small group of financial elites that repeatedly prevented rank and file voters from having any meaningful voice in the organization, refused requests for transparency from its members, and failed to fulfill its promises and boasts, fizzling into disgrace.
Lessig moved on to found another top-down political organization claiming to represent a popular movement that didn’t exist. This was the MayDay super PAC, a secretive political organization that claimed it would oppose the influence of extremely wealthy Americans in politics by creating an AstroTurf political “movement” using donations from extremely wealthy Americans. “Embrace the irony,” Lessig told skeptical voters, claiming that big money donations would corrupt everybody else but him. Then, the MayDay super PAC proceeded down the path of Americans Elect, breaking its promises to supporters, and failing in its political mission. The sole activity of the MayDay super PAC in the 2016 election so far has been the spending of $4,500 in favor of the congressional campaign of Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin. The MayDay political action committee had boasted that was going to raise $100,000 to support Raskin.
Never one to allow basic logic or facts to interfere with his certain declarations of political insight, Lawrence Lessig decided to follow the calamitous failures of Americans Elect and the MayDay PAC with an even bigger political project. In 2015, Lessig announced that he was going to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
Lessig was sure that he had a brilliant political idea this time, one that would gain the enthusiastic support of American voters. He would be elected President, and then somehow force Congress to pass just one piece of legislation, embodying ideas that no in Congress currently has expressed much enthusiasm for, and then he would resign, quitting the job of President just a few months after he was elected.
Lessig never got very far. By October, Lessig finally admitted that his plan of gaining the Presidency only to give it up right away, advancing only one law while ignoring the rest of the nation’s business, didn’t appear to be attracting voter enthusiasm. One month later, Lessig ended his presidential campaign.
This weekend, Lessig2016.us, a political action committee set up to fund Lawrence Lessig’s presidential campaign, filed its final campaign finance papers with the FEC, showing how very narrow Lessig’s political support really was.
The PAC gained just $10,379 in contributions, and was able to spend only $13,017.90 to spread the word of Lessig’s latest nutty political scheme.
Is this the last we will hear of Lessig’s claim to represent a centrist majority of American voters? We’ll keep an ear cocked.