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Common Cause urges candidates to take pledge against outside group spending

Posted by Max Brantley on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Here's a nice idea from Public Citizen and Common Cause. Political candidates would pledge to oppose outside group spending in their races. If a group did spend money in behalf of a candidate who's taken the pledge, that candidate would donate half the cost of the ad buy to a charity of the opponent's choice.

Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren struck such an agreement in Warren's winning race for Senate from Massachusetts. The goal is to reduce anonymously-funded attack ads from groups not affiliated with candidates, as well as reduce spending. It worked in Massaschusetts. Outside spending was far less than in other states.

Common Cause said Rhode Island's three Democratic candidates for governor recently signed such a pledge. 

The public interest groups have sent letters asking candidates to sign the pledge to primary winners in 11 states, including Arkansas. The letters went here to the major party candidates for Senate and governor Mark Pryor, Tom Cotton, Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson.

Don't hold your breath.

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I like this pledge.

It is the exact opposite of Grover Norquist's pledge of the earlier election.

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Posted by Citizen1 on 06/04/2014 at 11:33 AM

No one here will sign such a pledge. The outside money dwarfs the in-state collection. Any candidate who signed the pledge and then had some Koch/Rove/idiot group come in with a dark money ad would have $0 dollars to spend.

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Posted by couldn't be better on 06/04/2014 at 12:18 PM

I looked at a campaign report. Didn't learn anything except this family with the last name "PAC" sure must be a big family.

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Posted by Screen name taken on 06/04/2014 at 2:25 PM
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