Equal Citizens Successfully Crowdfunds to Launch Video Competition to Promote Legal Argument for the Regulation of SuperPACs Across the U.S.
Boston – Earlier this month, Equal Citizens successfully completed a crowd-funding campaign to launch a video competition that will ask Americans across the country to create compelling videos explaining why — contrary to conventional legal wisdom — SuperPACs can be regulated.
“Since 2010, lawyers in America have assumed that SuperPACs are required by the First Amendment. But this assumption is based on a clear mistake,” said Equal Citizens founder and Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. “We are now in a position to make this mistake even clearer. With a massive financial prize in hand, we are going to incentivize content creators across the country to make the case — and our hope is that this will get the lawyers to realize their mistake.”
Equal Citizens set the fundraising goal at $50,000 and is now raising money for additional prize money. The video competition will be launched on September 4th. Creators will be asked to distill the legal argument explained in a stem file into whatever creative form most effectively demonstrates the argument. The argument in the stem file is based on the argument presented by Free Speech for People in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
The winner of the competition will be chosen by a panel of judges that include Hollywood influencers.
EqualCitizens.US is a non-profit, founded by Lawrence Lessig, that is committed to achieving political equality within the United States.