Lessig Decides Against Congressional Bid
from the House-is-not-a-home dept
Law professor and copyright critic Lawrence Lessig has decided against a run for Congress, citing polling showing “no possible way” of overtaking popular California State Senator Jackie Speier before the April 8 election to fill the seat left empty by the death of Democratic Rep. Tom Lantos. Lessig had been mulling a bid on the urging of a burgeoning netroots campaign to draft him for public office, but decided that the likelihood that he would “lose big” would do more to harm than help his broader nascent effort to “Change Congress.”
That effort will now see a sudden cash influx, as almost $28,000 raised at the Lessig ’08 page on the progressive Web site ActBlue flow into the newborn non-profit’s coffers. Under an arrangement with ActBlue, some $8,600 raised on two other Lessig-related pages will be donated to Creative Commons, an organization founded by Lessig to provide simple legal licenses for creators who wish to enable the sharing and remixing of their works.