Awesome Stuff: One Last Chance To Join With Thousands Of Others To Help Limit The Influence Of Money In Politics
from the don't-let-cynicism-get-in-the-way dept
Okay, we’ve written about Larry Lessig’s Mayday PAC a bunch of times already, including when it launched, when it hit its first target of $1 million (which was then matched by donors for another $1 million), and again when the second round launched with a goal of raising $5 million (again to be matched with another $5 million) by July 4th.
Guess what? Today is July 4th, and the campaign ends today.
And you have a chance to help determine if it meets that $5 million goal or not. While there’s been a big last minute push from a variety of places, as I write this, the campaign is still significantly short of its target goal. There is a very real chance that it won’t reach the $5 million. And that would be unfortunate. So, today is basically a big chance for you to make a statement about trying to limit the impact of money in politics.
No one knows for sure if Lessig’s plans will have any real impact, but I know of no one who has put as much time, thought and effort into tackling the problem of the corrupting influence of money in politics. For every simplistic point that someone has for why this plan or that plan won’t work, Lessig has a detailed, fact-based or data-based answer. This isn’t just some randomly idealistic person with a dream. This is someone who has dedicated a huge chunk of his life and intellectual resources towards really tackling the problem in a realistic and doable way. Even if I don’t know all of the details, if there’s one person who can actively make a difference, who has thought through the pros and cons of basically every possible approach, it’s Larry Lessig.
Go ahead and be cynical, if you must. But think about what that cynicism leads to in the end. Even if the MAYDAY PAC fails, isn’t it better that they have a chance to succeed, rather than killing it off from the start so you can sound smart about how you knew it wouldn’t work?