February 19, 2008 6:34 PM Subscribe
In trademark style, Lawrence Lessig today announced the creation of a congressional exploratory committee.
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If in the next few days he decides to officially enter the race, he'll be running in the special election on April 8th to fill the CA-12 seat recently vacated by the death of Tom Lantos
. A run by Lessig would likely be seen as a new front the the technocratic, post-partisan movement Barack Obama is attempting to catalyze; Lessig was a colleague of Obama at the University of Chicago law school, helped to draft Obama's technology plan
, and is describing his potential run (his first attempt at public office), and the larger Change Congress
project he also announced today, as an attempt to save Congress as an institution from the corrupting influence of money.
Lessig would be an untraditional democratic candidate; he began his law career clerking for Justice Scalia, and gained celebrity fighting
against Hollywood and the RIAA for shorter copyright terms and expanded fair use
. This move comes only months after Lessig moved on
from that work to focus on political corruption, saying at the time
I have come to believe that until a more fundamental problem is fixed, [the free culture movement] can't succeed either. Compare: Imagine someone devoted to free culture coming to believe that until free software supports free culture, free culture can't succeed. So he devotes himself to building software. I am someone who believes that a free society -- free of the "corruption" that defines our current society -- is necessary for free culture, and much more. For that reason, I turn my energy elsewhere for now.
This announcement comes after a week of efforts to draft Lessig into the race on Facebook