I received an email today from Lawrence Lessig (because I am ‘registered’ at change-congress.org) announcing that Change Congress will become more than an idea very shortly. Instead of paraphrasing a fairly concise message, I have copied it here:

” Dear Friend,

Colorado Congressman Wayne Allard has taken over $45,900 from ConAgra Food Corporation and over $405,000 from the oil and gas industry. His campaign is fueled by over $3.6 million in PAC contributions. He is just one example of a problem that affects members of both parties. And just one example of why the system in Washington D.C. puts special interests before the American people.

That system will not change on its own. It will only change if people like you and me stand up and fight for it.

A month ago I considered running for Congress to help bring about this change from the inside. Many of you supported the idea and urged me to run. After thinking very hard about whether such a campaign could win, I decided against it. And instead I am asking you to join me in a new grassroots effort to Change Congress.

We will be kicking off the Change Congress effort at the National Press Club on Thursday at 1:30 PM EST at a speech I’ll be giving sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation. If you can’t get to the event in Washington D.C. I hope you will join me online for a live webcast by going to the link below:

http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=46510

You can also view the event details on the Sunlight Foundation’s website:

http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/lessig_event

This new effort is one that cannot be sustained without your help. It will require change