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Frank Barry

Super-PAC Ducks Fight With Darth Vader

The super-PAC to end all super-PACs decides not to challenge Senator Mitch McConnell, who has been called "Darth Vader" by campaign finance reformers.
Lawrence Lessig is fundraising to end political spending
Lawrence Lessig is fundraising to end political spending

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat trying to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, must be wondering how her party's leaders could abandon her in the homestretch of such a tight race. She may also be asking: Where in the world is Lawrence Lessig?

Lessig is the Harvard Law School professor turned campaign finance reformer who created a so-called super-political action committee -- Mayday PAC -- to spend large amounts of money on behalf of candidates who want to limit the role of money in politics. Lessig's motto is: "Embrace the irony."