A Harvard Law School professor launched a political action committee this month that will raise millions of dollars in an attempt to prevent political action committees – except his – from influencing elections.
The Daily Caller is not making this up.
The Harvard professor is Lawrence “Larry” Lessig, reports Campus Reform. His super PAC is called the Mayday PAC.
In an inaugural video about his anti-super PAC super PAC, the left-leaning Lessig swears he totally doesn’t have an agenda except that he detests “a healthcare system that costs too much and does too little” and he believes “climate change remains totally unaddressed.” Except that. And a bunch of other stuff.
Much like Lessig, Lessig complains, “politicians still spend endless time raising money.”
He is also bothered by the fact that politicians raise money “from the tiniest fraction of the ‘one percent.’”
Lessig then announces that he will match small monetary donations from regular people with a few huge contributions from ultra-wealthy supporters he refuses to name.
“Yes, we want to spend big money to end the influence of big money,” Lessig says in the video. “Ironic, I get it, but embrace the irony.”
The goals of the Mayday PAC are ambitious. The Harvard professor wants to raise $12 million by June on the premise of suppressing political speech so his PAC can influence the 2014 midterm elections.
What will Lessig do with the cash he raises? “The money raised is turned over to professional campaigners, who will craft interventions in targeted districts to make fundamental reform the issue in that campaign — and to make the reform candidate the winner,” the Mayday PAC website explains, according to Campus Reform.
Among Lessig’s advisers on the Mayday PAC project are Bill Burton, a former Obama White House aide. Burton created a large super PAC that supported the 2012 reelection campaign President Obama, notes Campus Reform.
In 2012, Obama’s reelection campaign spent over $1.1 billion.
In 2008, Obama’s campaign spent over $760 million — or nearly $11 per vote received.
In both campaigns, Obama and his advisers refused matching federal funds.