Lessig's Anti-SuperPAC SuperPAC Raises First $1 Million In Just 12 Days

from the off-to-a-great-start dept

We're a little late on this (past few days have been quite busy...) but Larry Lessig's SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs has hit its first target way early. As you hopefully remember, the goal was to reach $1 million in 30 days, which would then be matched by an (as yet) unknown donor, followed by a second campaign to raise $5 million in June -- again matched by a donor. The plan then would be to use the $12 million to work on a few specific Congressional races to prove that it can have an impact, and then kick off in 2015 with a much bigger campaign to have an even larger impact. There's still a long way to go, but this seems like a great start:
Hopefully Lessig and the organization he's putting together will release some more data as well. $85 average is good to see, though I'd love to see more information on the breakdown of donations, including some sense of the distribution and median donations as well.

Filed Under: larry lessig, mayday citizens superpac, mayone, superpacs


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    John Fenderson (profile), 16 May 2014 @ 10:25am

    Re: What is meant by removing money from politics?

    "Then the media Comcast/NBC would have even more power by being able to chose their coverage of a candidate."

    Not really -- they have that power either way. Right now, they can decide for themselves which ads will or won't run, and choose the coverage given to the various candidates.

    Removing money from politics (which I don't actually advocate -- I take a slightly more nuanced approach) isn't about correcting the coverage. It's about removing the need for such extreme amounts of money in order to run for and remain in office. Most legislators spend more of their time doing fundraising every single day than they spend actually doing their jobs. It also makes it much easier to corrupt and bribe them. That's the problem.

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