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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs 465

Posted by samzenpus
from the biggest-fish dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Lawrence Lessig has announced plans to kickstart a SuperPAC big enough to make it possible to win a Congress committed to fundamental reform by 2016. From the article: 'If you can’t beat them, join them. Then take them down from the inside. That’s the basic idea behind a super PAC launching Thursday that wants to destroy super PACs for good. The Mayday PAC, as it’s called, seeks to raise enough money to sway five House elections in 2014 and elect representatives who have committed to pressing for serious reform of the campaign finance system. If that endeavor—a sort of test case—is successful, the PAC will then try to raise an enormous amount of money for the 2016 cycle—enough, PAC organizers hope, to buy Congress."
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

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  • by fche (36607) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @07:12PM (#46894961)

    Lessig appears to implicitly accept the idea that "money in political campaigns" = "corruption". Can it not be that the wealthy love their country enough to volunteer their own hard-earned wealth to improve it (as they see it)? The theory that every money-related act is necessarily self-interested (let alone corrupting) is naive.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 01, 2014 @07:19PM (#46895065)

    Yeah and here is a better idea, lets make the whole government full of democrats. Won't that be great? Just give the government 50% to 65% of your earnings and 99% of the Koch brothers earnings and let the government decide how to best take care of you and your family. Cause that will work out well for everyone right????

  • by RabidReindeer (2625839) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @09:33PM (#46896051)

    PAC is short for Political Action Committee and it is a way of buying politicians. What is boils down to is a way for many people to combine their political contributions into one entity. (sarc) If the PAC supports your issues then that's ok. (/sarc)

    If you have enough money to buy politicians in lots of half a dozen, is it a 6-PAC?

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