(a) an amendment; or
(b) a change in the Court and its jurisprudence (pressing for the Court to adopt doctrinal changes, whether by expanding the corruption rationale or adding in another like political equality).And then there is a fifth category, “soft regulation,” the leading example of which is Heather Gerken’s proposal that organizations that do not disclose their donors be required to affix a notice to that effect in their advertising.
Jim Rubens has lost, but the discussion of Mayday politics will continue. The issues it raises for progressives were raised to a new level of visibility by the news that the PAC was working with Stark360 , a New Hampshire organization that opposes campaign finance reform and is generally hostile to progressive objectives. Professor Lessig replied to critics with a clear and thoughtful defense, denying that he was “compromising” on fundamental commitments. He was not, he stressed, collaborating with Stark360 on anything on other than the election of Jim Rubens, and it was a strength, not a weakness, to join with adversaries in the search for “common ground.”
But it seems that this reply confuses the issue. That Professor Lessig means to advance the cause of reform, and that his joint venture with Stark 360 was launched (on his part) for that purpose alone, is not to be doubted. As in all matters political, however, the means chosen have consequences, and Professor Lessig underestimates the burden he carries to establish for progressives that the means are well fitted to his ends. In this case, in New Hampshire, he has yet to make the case.
- The Mayday PAC and Progressive Politics
- The Iowa Case and the Question of Paid Political Endorsements
- The Trend in Argument and Opinion in the Perry Case—and a Tale of Two States
- “The Criminalization of Politics”
- The Contribution Limits As We Have Them, and the Varieties of Reform
- “Stop this Inanity”
- You Should Talk to Your Kids—As long As You Are Not Engaged in Illegal Coordination
- Politicians: The Good , The Bad, and The Corrupt–and their Different “Constituencies”
- Political Spending and its Apparent Consequences
- Campaign Finance Reform and the GOP: An “About-Face”?