Lawrence Lessig Announces Bid for Democratic Presidential Nomination

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Lawrence Lessig.Photo: Sandra Dahdah/2015 Sandra Dahdah

Harvard law professor and Ted-talking, campaign-finance-reform crusader Lawrence Lessig says he is now officially running for the Democratic nomination for president, having successfully raised $1 million before Labor Day via a crowdfunding effort. Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Lessig announced he had reached his self-set fund-raising goal, and reiterated how, if elected, he will pass one law aimed at voting and campaign finance reform and then resign, handing over the White House and free world to his vice-president (whom he hopes will be a popular liberal lawmaker like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders). He also seems to have landed on a hashtag slogan for his long-shot campaign: