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Harvard Prof.: Congress will not fix Citizens United

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, February 2, 2012 16:46 EDT
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Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessit. Screengrab via Current TV.
 
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Appearing on Current TV’s “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” on Wednesday night, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig explained that the Supreme Court’s allowance of unlimited, unattributed political spending by corporations will require a constitutional amendment to fix, but he doesn’t believe the U.S. Congress will do it.

Unfortunately, Lessig said, the “cancer” of money and corruption in Washington has grown to such a degree that the Congress will refuse to make such a change, leaving it to the states to call for a constitutional convention to force that change — something that has never been done before.

“We’ve been part of a process to get many people in many states to push their state legislatures to call for a convention, so that the convention can propose the changes that we as the American people need to consider,” he said.

Lessig’s new book, “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It,” is available now.

This video was broadcast by Current TV on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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