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Tech Thinker Lawrence Lessig Announces Potential Run For Congress

Publication Date: 
February 20, 2008
Popular Science
Seth Fletcher

APopular Science reports on Professor Lawrence Lessig possibly running for the late Tom Lantos' congressional seat:

Creative Commons founder, free information advocate and Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig announced today the formation of an exploratory committee looking in to a potential bid for a U.S. Congress seat. He announced his maybe-decision (with a more finalized announcement coming March 1) today on a new Web site,

In a video posted to the site and embedded below (composed with Lessig's trademark Power Point dynamism), Lessig announces the creation of a Change Congress movement with the stated goal of eventually weaning congress off of lobbyist money — “the power of money in Washington is our own alcoholism,” he says — and lays out the reasons he might seek the seat in California’s 12th district, which was held by Representative Tom Lantos until he died of cancer earlier this month.

Why might he run? Echoing a certain presidential candidate, Lessig says: “It is very rare to have the chance to live in times where there’s the real opportunity for change. This is one of those times.” As Lessig himself admits, it wouldn’t be an easy race. He’d be taking on former California state senator Jackie Speier, an esteemed politician who has already collected loads of endorsements from Democratic politicians.