A Harvard law professor and progressive activist has been offering free legal advice to GOP electors considering voting against Trump on December 19th. With less than a week to go until electors cast their ballots, Professor Larry Lessig now claims that there are more than enough electors needed to block a Trump win.
We believe there are now at least 20 GOP electors considering a vote of conscience. Last week, there was 1. https://t.co/fdiwkbef04
— Lessig (@lessig) December 13, 2016
A dyed-in-the-wool liberal, Professor Lessig is a brilliant, highly educated academic with an impressive political and academic pedigree. Briefly a presidential candidate for the 2016 Democrat Party nomination, Lessig withdrew before the primaries.
From The Hill:
Harvard University law professor Larry Lessig said Tuesday that 20 Republican Electoral College voters are considering flipping to vote against Donald Trump, more than half the number of anti-Trump votes needed to stall the president-elect from being sworn into office.
“Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same. We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote,” Lessig told Politico.
Lessig has been offering free legal counsel to “faithless electors” who are considering casting a ballot for an alternative candidate as opposed to Trump, who earned 306 votes on Election Day, well above the necessary 270.
According to Politico’s report, 20 Republican electors have contacted Lessig’s group about voting against Trump.
Electors will cast their ballots on Dec. 19.
If anti-Trump electors manage to whip up enough votes against him, the decision would then go to the GOP-controlled House.
Breitbart meanwhile has exposed Lessig’s service on non-profit organizations financed by billionaire George Soros:
Lessig has been a national leader in the movement for so-called net neutrality, a concept highlighted in its infancy in his 1999 book, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace.
A study by the Media Research Center found that Soros’s foundations and the Ford Foundation donated a combined total of $196 million to groups supporting “net neutrality.”
So who is Larry Lessig? From his Harvard University bio:
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig serves on the Board of the AXA Research Fund, and on the advisory boards of Creative Commons and the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries. Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.