GOOD Talks: Lawrence Lessig on Money and Political Corruption GOOD Talks: Lawrence Lessig on Money and Political Corruption
News

GOOD Talks: Lawrence Lessig on Money and Political Corruption

by Eric Steuer, Alex Gorosh

August 16, 2012

Harvard law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig has made it his mission to fight the corrupting influence of money in government. He's the founder of Rootstrikers, a nonprofit devoted to reforming a political system in which ordinary people no longer have influence. He's also the author of the recent Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, which looks at how wealthy special interests and changes in campaign finance laws have brought America to the position it is in today.

Lessig recently stopped by GOOD's headquarters and explained the problem as he sees it. "196 Americans have contributed 80% of the money that has gone into Super PACs so far," he says. "Forget the 1%, that's the .0000063%."

Watch our GOOD Talks video with Lessig above, then check out Rootstrikers' brand new infographic focused on campaign finance reform, which we're debuting today here at GOOD.

+
Join the discussion
Recently on GOOD

Maga-
zines need love too!
Sharing the history of Detroit with reclaimed wood. http://t.co/wRh8r1pASk http://t.co/04SIK2Ueeq
GOOD Talks: Lawrence Lessig on Money and Political Corruption