In a final patriotic push, the “super PAC to end all super PACs” managed to raise over $1.5 million on July 4th alone, meeting its crowd-funding goal of $5 million. The Mayday PAC intends to use this money, along with matching sums from wealthier contributors, to work towards reducing the influence of money in American politics.
Mayday began as MayOne, with a goal of raising just $1 million in May. That goal was reached in only thirteen days. Another program was started, Mayday, hoping to raise an additional $5 million in June, ending on July 4th. By the end of July 3rd, however, it was at only about $3.5 million.
Showing an overwhelming surge of patriotism and a desire to take our country back from corporate greed, donors across the country managed to raise more than $1.5 million in a single day. The $6 million will be matched by wealthier contributors Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, TED’s Chris Anderson, and Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson and Brad Burnham, for a total of over $12 million toward the campaign.
The super PAC was started by Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, and will strive to — somewhat ironically — put an end to super PACs and reduce the influence of money in our political system. Currently, though candidates can’t be directly involved in super PACs, there is no limit to the amount of money that a super PAC can receive for or spend toward a campaign.
In the end over 50,000 Americans donated to the Mayday super PAC. A few celebrities have thrown in their support as well, including Jason Alexander, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, and George Takei. While Lessig is unsure how much can be done before the 2014 elections, he’s guaranteeing that by 2016 we can have people in Congress who care about making real change:
“The pundits say ‘America doesn’t care about this issue.’ This is America caring. And this is America demanding something more. Ideally now. But if we have to wait till 2016, then ok: Because by 2016, we’re going to elect a Congress that will fundamentally change how campaigns are funded. You have guaranteed it.”
Though the kickstarter drive is over, you can still donate at Mayday.us and join the over 50,000 Americans (myself included) who agree it’s a worthy investment.