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A 61-year-old man landed a small gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to protest the permissive campaign finance system enabled by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

The pilot, Doug Hughes, is a mailman from Florida. He was immediately arrested upon landing the aircraft.

Video via CNN.

The Tampa Bay Times has published an in-depth profile of Hughes. He was first driven to political action two and a half years ago when his 24-year-old son committed suicide by crashing his car into another man, killing both men.

His plan involved flying the copter at a low altitude and a mere 45 miles per hour — too close to the ground and too slow to be overtaken by any airplane — while wagering that government officials wouldn’t actually shoot down a 61-year-old who had publicly declared his non-violent intentions.

“I’m not promoting myself,” Hughes previously told the paper. “I’m trying to direct millions of people to information, to a menu of organizations that are working together to fix Congress.”

(Video via Tampa Bay Times).

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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