For immediate release
August 11, 2015
New York – Reformer and law professor Larry Lessig today announced his plans to seek the Democratic Party nomination in the race for President of the United States.
Lessig is exploring a run as a “referendum President” to get Congress to pass the Citizen Equality Act – legislation that would ensure equal access to the ballot box, end partisan gerrymandering, and establish a voucher system for elections that would remove the power of cronies and special interests and shift that influence to the American people.
Lessig laid out his vision for fixing our corrupt political system in a series of videos, along with a kickstarter-style fundraising campaign, at www.lessig2016.us.
Donald Trump said it himself in Thursday’s Republican debate: “I will tell you that our system is broken. I give to many people. I give to everybody, when they call I give, and you know what? When I need something from them, two years, three years later, I call, they are there for me.”
“While over 80 percent of Americans are deeply concerned about the corrupting influence of money in politics, Trump’s flip remarks demonstrate how resigned the public has become to accept our quid pro quo political system,” said Lessig.
Lessig’s unlikely run is intended to be a shot in the arm of American politics. Using the Internet to crowdfund a campaign to win the White House gives voters a clear way to express their disgust for politics as usual at the ballot box in 2016. “We won’t change a rigged system beholden to the funders until we, the citizens, are the funders,” said Lessig. “Something this bold has never been tried before in the history of our nation – but then again, we’re not getting anywhere by doing the same things over and over again.”
As a referendum President, Lessig would resign his office once the Citizen Equality Act is signed into law.
“We need a government that works, not one corrupted by the influence of money,” Lessig said. “Congress represents its funders first, and right now its funders are not the American people. This has to change. Citizen equality must be the first issue in the 2016 Presidential campaign.”