Democratic Presidential Candidate Lawrence Lessig Fighting For Campaign Finance Reform

Oct 30, 2015

It is widely reported that there are three Democratic presidential candidates vying for the party's nomination, but there is another Democratic candidate many Iowans have never heard of. His name is Lawrence Lessig, and he is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

Lessig is traveling through Iowa this week, spreading the message that campaign finance reform is one of the biggest concerns facing the United States. He says that issues the other candidates are talking about, like minimum wage, climate change, social security, are "impossible to change until we actually get a congress that’s free to lead rather than spending all of its time focused on its funders."

"That’s the focus of my campaign, to address this democratic failure, this failed institution first; and once we solve that problem, then we can turn to all these incredibly important problems we know we have to address."

Lessig says he would like the chance to debate with other Democratic Party candidates at the next debate, but his poll numbers do not qualify him.

River to River host Ben Kieffer spoke with Lessig Thursday, October 29, when Lessig was in Sioux Center.