Harvard Law professor and campaign finance reform advocate Lawrence Lessig is starting the "Mayday PAC". He pledges that 100% of money raised will go to candidates who pledge to reform campaign finance and eliminate dark money in U.S. politics.
From the launch video (Vimeo, YouTube): "Our democracy is held hostage by the funders of campaigns. We’re going to pay the ransom, and get it back. We want to build a Super PAC big enough to end all Super PACs."
Government has failed us. More than 90% of Americans link that failure to the influence of money in politics.
Yet the politicians ignore this influence. While America founders, they spend endless time with their funders.
These funders hold our democracy hostage. We want to pay the ransom, and get it back.
We're going to kickstart a SuperPAC big enough to make it possible to win a Congress committed to fundamental reform by 2016.
Or at least we're going to try.
Worth a shot, at least.
It's a start, but only a start.
As in many sports, it DEMANDS follow through.