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Brown-Warren Agreement Letters

Brown-Warren Agreement Letters

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January 20, 2012Dear Professor Warren:I was thrilled to receive your letter on Wednesday and to read that you have agreed to take The Peoples’Pledge.In your letter you raised five specific points concerning The Pledge. I believe that each point you haveraised is valid, and I write to address them now.
First 
, regarding your request that we sign a letter to third party organizations informing them of ThePledge and its specifics: I have enclosed a draft letter to third party organizations doing just that – and I believe weshould sign it and post it on our campaign websites immediately.
Second,
regarding your request that we reach out to broadcast outlets in the region and ask them to supportThe Pledge: I have enclosed a draft letter to media outlet managers doing just that – and I believe we should sign itand post it on our campaign websites immediately.
Third,
regarding your request that The Pledge cover “all paid public advertisements that seek to promote orattack either candidate or campaign”: I have enclosed an updated version of The Pledge:Expressly covering any independent issue advocacy, or any other non-express advocacy, advertisementmade by any third party organization that supports or opposes either one of us; andProhibiting any coordination whatsoever by either of our campaigns with any third party organizationregarding any issue advocacy advertising.The Pledge now comprehensively covers all third party organization political advertising in our Senate race.
Finally
, you requested that The Pledge include specific enforcement terms, including preventing any third partyorganizations from engaging in “sham support or opposition ads.”With respect to sham support or opposition ads, under The Pledge we would be equally liable and its objectiveterms will act to check such a scenario.So far as overall enforcement is concerned, I am willing to regard your signed agreement as your word, andaccept that you will honor it. I hope that you are willing to do the same. As candidates running to representthe people of Massachusetts, we ought to be able to make such a pledge in simple and straightforward terms,without any fine print or legalese. If either of us breaks The Pledge, I have every confidence that the people of Massachusetts will enforce our agreement at the ballot box.Again, I am thrilled that you have accepted The Pledge. This letter should resolve each issue that you raised,and now The Pledge should be ready for your signature. I look forward to a spirited race with you whereMassachusetts’s people will now hear from each of us directly without any interference from outsideorganizations. This truly is an historic day for Massachusetts.Sincerely,Scott Brown
 
The Peoples’ Pledge
Because outside third party organizations – including but not limited to individuals, corporations, 527organizations, 501(c) organizations, SuperPACs, and national and state party committees – are airing, and willcontinue to air, independent expenditure advertisements and issue advertisements either supporting or attackingSenator Scott Brown or Elizabeth Warren (individually the “Candidate” and collectively the “Candidates”); andBecause these groups function as independent expenditure organizations that are outside the direct control of eitherof the Candidates; andBecause the Candidates agree that they do not approve of such independent expenditure advertisements, and wantthose advertisements to immediately cease and desist for the duration of the 2012 election cycle; andBecause the Candidates recognize that in order to make Massachusetts a national example, and provide the citizensof Massachusetts with an election free of third party independent expenditure advertisements, they must be willingto include an enforcement mechanism that runs not to the third party organizations but instead to the Candidates’own campaigns:The Candidates hereby agree to the following:In the event that a third party organization airs any independent expenditure broadcast (including radio),cable, satellite, or online advertising in support of a named or otherwise specifically identified Candidate,that Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy to acharity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.In the event that a third party organization airs any independent expenditure broadcast (including radio),cable, or satellite advertising, or online advertising in opposition to a named or otherwise specificallyidentified Candidate, the opposing Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days, pay 50% of the costof that advertising buy to a charity of the opposed Candidate’s choice.In the event that a third party organization airs any independent broadcast (including radio), cable, orsatellite advertising, or online advertising that does not include express advocacy (i.e., an “issue ad”), butsupports a named or otherwise specifically identified Candidate, that Candidate’s campaign shall, withinthree (3) days, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy to a charity of the opposing Candidates choice.In the event that a third party organization airs any independent broadcast (including radio), cable, orsatellite advertising, or any online advertising that does not include express advocacy (i.e., an “issue ad”),but opposes a named or otherwise specifically identified Candidate, the opposing Candidate’s campaignshall, within three (3) days, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy to a charity of the opposedCandidate’s choice.The Candidates agree that they shall not coordinate with any third party on any issue advocacyadvertisements for the duration of the 2012 election cycle. In the event that either Candidate coordinatesany issue advocacy advertisement with a third party organization that Candidate’s campaign shall pay 50%of the cost of the ad buy to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.SIGNED:________________________ ___________________Scott BrownDate___________________________________________Elizabeth WarrenDate
 
Dear [Third Party Organization]:We write you to notify you of the agreement our campaigns have entered into regarding outside third partyspending in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race – The Peoples’ Pledge. A copy of this pledge is enclosed.The Pledge makes clear the following. If you spend money on advertising in Massachusetts in support of either one of us, that candidate’s campaign will pay 50% of the cost of your ad buy to a charity of the othercandidate’s choice. If you spend money on advertising in Massachusetts in opposition to either one of us, theopposing candidate’s campaign will pay 50% of the cost of your ad buy to a charity of the opposed candidate’schoice.In short, your spending will damage the candidate you intend to help.The Peoples’ Pledge includes all independent expenditure advertisements, and any issue advocacyadvertisements – including any issue advocacy advertisements coordinated with either campaign. It applies toadvertising in all media – broadcast and cable television, radio, and internet.It is a pledge we have made with the people of Massachusetts, and we are serious about honoring it. Wehope that you regard our pledge seriously as well, and undertake no political advertising in our Senate race for theduration of the 2012 election.We are determined to make our Senate race one in which we each stand on our own and speak to thepeople of Massachusetts directly. We are running to serve the people of Massachusetts, and we have taken ThePeoples’ Pledge to be clear that they are who we will answer to as their Senator.Sincerely,Scott BrownElizabeth Warren

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