Lawrence Lessig is a political activist, author, attorney and professor at Harvard Law School. He has advocated for less legal restrictions on copyright and trademark on technological and digital applications. He ia also the author of the book Republic, Lost, in which he argues that rich interests have too much political power in the US.
Age: 61 (born June 3, 1954)
Campaign: Lessig 2016
Main political views: Lessig’s campaign was set in motion to shed light on the need for campaign finance reform to stop the influx of special interest money into American politics. He believes there is what he calls a “money election,” in which a candidate must excel before being able to win or compete in the real elections in American politics.
Chances of winning: None, Lessig dropped out of the race in the beginning of November after not qualifying (or being invited) to the DNC’s (Democratic National Convention) televised debate. However, like most of the outside Democratic candidates such as Lincoln Chafee, he was polling around or under 1% before his exit from the race.
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28/11/2015 at 16:08
This isn’t accurate. Leasing dropped out of the race after the DNC changed the rules on debate participation. The DNC had already refused to welcome him as a candidate which led to him being eccluded from polls; respite this he would have qualified to enter the debates had the rules on changed.
30/11/2015 at 18:29
Isn’t it true that he did not qualify, since under the new rules he needed to poll above 1% in three polls, which he didn’t?