The intent behind Doug Hughes' bizarre action was to draw media and public attention to the issue of campaign finance reform.
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 15, 2015
— dicta (@big_dicta) April 15, 2015
Hughes knew what was at stake before he went on his mission, but he needed someone to tell his story. So, he contacted a reporter from the Tampa Bay times, saying "No sane person would do what I'm doing." But, he said, someone needed to draw attention. His plan was to hijack the news cycle and address what he believes to be the corruption of democracy through money.
© Sputnik/Leandra BernsteinImages of the incident were captured by Sputnik reporter Leandra Bernstein.
Images of the incident were captured by Sputnik reporter Leandra Bernstein.
© Sputnik/Leandra Bernstein
— Ron Brackett (@rontimes) April 15, 2015
"I'm not promoting myself," He said, "I'm trying to direct millions of people to information, to a menu of organizations that are working together to fix Congress."
— Ben Montgomery (@gangrey) April 15, 2015
US Capitol Police have deployed a robot to inspect the small helicopter.