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Stanford Law Prof May Run For Office

Publication Date: 
February 23, 2008
San Jose Mercury News
Will Oremus

Professor Lawrence Lessig's possible bid for Congress is covered in the San Jose Mercury News:

"My goal is to get Democrats and Republicans to agree on some fundamental principles that need to be reformed so Congress regains the confidence of the people," Lessig said. The question now is whether running for office himself is the best way to do that.


In an e-mail to the Mercury News Friday night, Lessig said he had not yet made a final decision. The Democratic primary for the next full term will be held June 3.


"The most difficult part of the fight right now is that so many people have already lined up behind Jackie," Lessig acknowledged. Her heavyweight supporters include U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and Lantos himself, who endorsed her before he died earlier this month. Unlike Speier and most other serious candidates for national office, Lessig said he wouldn't accept money from corporations or lobbyists - only individuals.

"She takes money from the interests she wants to regulate," Lessig said. "I think most people see that this system is what's corrupting Congress."