The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 11th, 2015
Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor and Internet-law expert, is exploring a run for president, The New York Times
reports. Mr. Lessig, a prominent copyright scholar who helped found the
nonprofit organization Creative Commons in 2002, wrote on his blog
that, if elected, he would be a “referendum president” who would push
forward a package of reforms and then promptly resign from the post.
Mr. Lessig has already opened his own campaign website,
where he describes his proposed Citizen Equality Act, a package of
three reforms aimed at fixing a “corrupt political system.” The
legislation focuses on creating equal voting rights, promoting
citizen-funded elections, and ending partisan gerrymandering.
Mr. Lessig said he would run, as a Democrat, if he could raise $1
million by Labor Day. As of Tuesday afternoon, he had collected more