Doug Hughes

What has American hero Doug Hughes been doing since his daring gyrocopter landing on the Capitol lawn? Continuing his work on campaign finance reform.

The Campaign Finance Gyrocopter Man Describes His New, Surreal Existence

After his short stint in jail, Doug Hughes returned home to collect a letter from a personal hero. Hughes [is] the 61-year old postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the Capitol… to raise awareness of campaign finance reform.

Nobody, it seemed, paid attention until the stunt sparked the kind of Washington, D.C. safety panic that livens up slow news days. [But] one of the first signs that the message had actually gotten through came when Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, one of America’s most visible campaign finance reformers, sent Hughes an ‘attaboy’ through the mail.

‘I’m not going to say it was for what I did,’ says Hughes, ‘but it was for why I did it.’ […]

Back home in Florida, under house arrest, Hughes has started working with an assistant to rebuild his website and ‘get coached on Twitter.’ This week he joined a conference call of campaign reformers to see what he could add to the ongoing efforts to force a discussion of campaign money into the presidential race. ‘I’m trying to strategize on the assumption that I’m not going to be locked up,’ he said.

— David Weigel, Bloomberg Politics

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