The Campaign Finance Gyrocopter Man Describes His New, Surreal Existence

Doug Hughes is embracing his status as a spokesman for campaign reform.

A member of the U.S. Capitol Police Bomb Squad works to check and secure a gyrocopter that landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol April 15, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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After his short stint in jail, Doug Hughes returned home to collect a letter from a personal hero. Hughes, the 61-year old postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the Capitol, had tried to tell people that it was a harmless stunt to raise awareness of campaign finance reform. Nobody, it seemed, paid attention until the stunt sparked the kind of Washington, D.C. safety panic that livens up slow news days. One of the first signs that the message had actually gotten through came when Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, one of America's most visible campaign finance reformers, sent Hughes an "attaboy" through the mail.

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