Washington, D.C.—Fifty thousand donors helped Professor Lawrence Lessig and his MayDay PAC raise $5 million in the past month, a clear sign of the power of Lessig's message that, together, we can create a political system that works for everyday people, not just big money campaign donors.
"The American people think their elected officials have left them behind for lobbyists and big money donors and 50,000 of them just gave $5 million to fight for a system that makes every voice matter," said David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund and co-founder of Friends of Democracy. "We look forward to working with MayDay PAC to raise up those candidates who champion comprehensive reform of our big money system and to hold accountable those politicians defending the status quo."
Friends of Democracy was founded in 2012 with a similar mission to MayDay PAC, to use the electoral process to support champions of solutions to our broken campaign finance system and defeat those politicians defending the status quo. In 2012, eight of the nine candidates Friends of Democracy PAC targeted for defeat lost their races.
Public Campaign Action Fund works to raise the voices of everyday people in our political process and holds politicians who are against comprehensive campaign finance reform accountable for where they get their political donations. Learn more at www.campaignmoney.org.
Friends of Democracy campaigns to elect or defeat candidates based on whether they advocate for or against reforming the way money flows in and around politics. In 2012, the organization focused on eight congressional races, in which seven of the candidates supported by the group won. Learn more at www.friendsofdemocracypac.org.