Update, Nov. 2, 2015: Lawrence Lessig has decided to end his 2016 presidential bid.
Yearning for a most unconventional presidential candidate?
Indeed, Lessig says he'd serve as what he's calling a “referendum president” — occupying the White House only as long as it takes to win passage of a bill that would, among other things, reform the nation's elections and end congressional district gerrymandering.
Once accomplished, he'd join Richard Nixon as the only other president to quit, tossing the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. over to his yet-to-be-named vice president. (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jon Stewart and Joe Biden are on his short list.)
"Every issue — from climate change to gun safety, from Wall Street reform to defense spending — is tied to this 'one issue.' Achieving citizens equality in America is our one mission," Lessig says.
While Lessig enjoys a passionate following, he faces both the political juggernaut that is Hillary Clinton and another populist campaign finance reformer in Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont who, of late, has watched his campaign crowds grow and poll numbers rise.
Here are nine things to know about Lessig's financial and political background: