Support The People’s Pledge to Curb Corruption in Elections
Urge Candidates to Reject Secret, Outside Spending
Outside, anonymous spending by billionaires and Big Business — enabled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling — could exceed spending by candidates themselves in this fall’s elections.
But what if candidates pledged NOT to allow their platforms and messages to be overrun by negative ads funded by the likes of the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson, or Karl Rove’s Crossroads outfits and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?
During the 2012 U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts, the two major candidates — Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren — pledged that if an outside group ran an ad, the candidate the ad helped would donate half of the ad’s cost, from his or her own campaign, to a charity chosen by the other candidate.
And it worked. Outside spending was 93% less than in highly contested U.S. Senate races in other states. Brown and Warren maintained control of their campaigns, and the voters of Massachusetts knew that almost every ad they saw reflected the viewpoint of the actual candidate.
If we replicate this innovative and effective strategy nationwide, we can keep the outside money out of our elections!