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Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard professor and cofounder of Creative Commons, announced Tuesday that he is exploring a run for the US presidency as a Democrat. He’s crowdsourcing the campaign, too. “Please give whatever you can,” he said. He wants to raise $1 million by Labor Day.
He has one agenda: the passage of his so-called Citizen Equality Act—designed to increase voting access, end partisan gerrymandering, and reform campaign finance. If elected, he said, he’ll quit once the agenda is passed through Congress, and the vice president would take over.
“I want to run. But I want to run to be a different kind of president. ‘Different’ not in the traditional political puffery sense of that term. ‘Different,’ quite literally. I want to run to build a mandate for the fundamental change that our democracy desperately needs. Once that is passed, I would resign, and the elected Vice President would become President,” he said.
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