Who profits most when hundreds of millions of dollars are invested in funding political campaigns? Possibly it’s the media companies that get handsomely paid to serve up the ads that are bought with those millions.
So, it makes sense that Big Media is blacking out news and views about the candidate running on a platform to completely cut Big Money out of political campaigns. Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Lawrence Lessig’s platform is barebones simple: let’s reform US politics, beginning with getting Big Money out of political elections. This will make voting more egalitarian and Congress more accountable. From Lessig’s campaign website:
It changes the way we fund campaigns, ends gerrymandering, and protects the right of all citizens to vote.
These reforms will give us — finally — what we were promised: a government of, by, and for the people.
In his Atlantic Magazine article, Lessig shares thoughts about the election and his campaign. Well worth a read.
I salute Lessig for publicizing the importance of campaign finance reform, because we urgently need this in the United States. Our elections shouldn’t be for sale to the highest bidders.