Campaign Finance Reformer Launches Super PAC to End Super PACs

TIME

If you can’t beat them, join them. Then take them down from the inside.

That’s the basic idea behind a super PAC launching Thursday that wants to destroy super PACs for good. The Mayday PAC, as it’s called, seeks to raise enough money to sway five House elections in 2014 and elect representatives who have committed to pressing for serious reform of the campaign finance system.

If that endeavor—a sort of test case—is successful, the PAC will then try to raise an enormous amount of money for the 2016 cycle—enough, PAC organizers hope, to buy Congress.

“Our democracy is held hostage by the funders of campaigns,” says Mayday PAC founder, Harvard law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig, in a video accompanying Mayday PAC’s debut. “We’re going to pay the ransom to get it back.”

Mayday PAC’s fundraising will work like the crowdfunding site Kickstarter in that supporters can make…

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