Campaign Finance Reform Activist Speaks Out While Under House Arrest
Democracy Now! interviewed Doug Hughes in his home, where he is currently under house arrest after his colorful act of civil disobedience last week. Hughes had landed a gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn in order to deliver 535 letters to Members of Congress. The letters addressed the urgent need for campaign finance reform.
Hughes was asked why he had been willing to risk his life to personally deliver the letters. He was asked what he had expected to achieve from his action.
Hughes explained that the corrupting influence of money in politics is important enough to him to risk life or freedom. He had hoped his protest action would receive more media coverage. It was not done for the benefit of Congress. It was aimed at getting the attention of citizens.
While anti-corruption groups work on the issue, from different angles, little is covered in the news. The general public seems largely unaware that they have the power to change the system.