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Stanford's Lessig, Open Internet Crusader, Mulls Run for Congress

Lawrence Lessig, the Stanford law professor and open Internet crusader, announced on his blog that he is mulling a run for the House of Representatives. The potential run is part of his new crusade to change Washington, by reducing the power of lobbyists and their influence on lawmakers. Lessig, a Silicon Valley icon who advocates reducing restrictions on copyright and radio spectrum, announced on his Web site his new "Change Congress" movement, which could include his run for the seat vacated by the death of Rep. Tom Lantos earlier this month.

In his blog,, Lessig wrote, "...if I do this, I would do this because I think it is time for progressives to take a clear stand about money in politics."

Enthusiasm for Lessig's run is starting to percolate on the Web, with a site to draw in donations and a group called Draft Lessig for Congress, with nearly 4,000 members.

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 21, 2008; 6:04 PM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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