Lawrence Lessig On Citizens United, 5 Years Later

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At the Supreme Court Wednesday, shouts of protest and the clatter of overturned chairs disrupted the usual calm and formality of the nation's highest court. People yelled, "We are the 99 percent," "Money is not speech" and "overturn Citizens United."

They were protesting the court's 2010 decision on campaign finance, which was issued five years ago. According to critics, the decision uncorked a flood of campaign cash. The protest was short-lived, as guards hauled the demonstrators out of the courtroom. But concerns about the impact of Citizens United remain.

Last year, Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, started a Super PAC to end all Super PACs. The idea was to raise millions of dollars — a lot of it through a Kickstarter campaign — to support about six candidates last November who were sympathetic to serious campaign finance reform.


Lawrence Lessig, professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Founder of the Center for Internet and Society. He's author of "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It". He tweets at @lessig.


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  • "For Lawrence Lessig, the road to 2016 starts and ends in Dixville Notch, the tiny town up north where ballots traditionally open just after midnight for the very first voters in the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary."

This segment aired on January 22, 2015.


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