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interest group spending in the 2014 campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination by signing a “People’s Pledge.” Enclosed is a copy of draft language. This proposal is modeled directly on the pledge that Senator Edward Markey and Representative Stephen Lynch signed in the special election primary earlier this year. Adjustments have been made to allow for the likelihood of a multi-candidate primary and for differences in federal and state campaign finance laws. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision dealt a death blow to financial restraints and opened the door for unfettered “independent expenditures” to influence the outcome of elections. One of the few avenues available to constrain and control such independent expenditures is for candidates to agree voluntarily to do so by urging so-called “SuperPACs” (political finance committees that operate without limits on contributions or spending) and other interest groups to stay out of the race – and for the candidates to reduce their own spending if they benefit from such outside influences. Massachusetts pioneered this approach, the People’s Pledge, in the 2012 Elizabeth Warren-Scott Brown Senate campaign and continued it in the Markey-Lynch Democratic primary. The people of Massachusetts have come to expect that a pledge will be a muchneeded part of campaigns in the Commonwealth, and I believe we should continue this tradition in our primary campaign. I ask you and your campaign advisors to review the enclosed document and then contact my campaign (Jon Ostrowsky, email@example.com, 617-426-5118) to discuss any unresolved details and to set a process for signing the pledge. We look forward to working with you to help ensure the integrity of the political process in Massachusetts. Sincerely yours,
THE PEOPLE’S PLEDGE Preserving the integrity of Massachusetts elections is of paramount importance. Each candidate running for the Democratic nomination for Governor of the Commonwealth signing below understands that it is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure that the Massachusetts gubernatorial election serves the interests of the Commonwealth and its citizens and that the effectiveness of the Pledge is dependent upon all candidates for governor agreeing to these provisions. Each candidate signing below is prepared to take responsibility for those outside third party organizations which intervene in this important election process. Because third party organizations, including but not limited to SuperPacs, 501(c) organizations, 527 organizations, political committees not registered in Massachusetts, corporations and individuals, may attempt to intervene or interfere in the Massachusetts election for governor by airing independent expenditure advertisements or making independent expenditures for direct mail, related to candidates or issues; and Because these groups function as independent expenditure organizations which are outside the direct control of any of the candidates; and Because each of the undersigned candidates agrees that they do not approve of such independent expenditure activity, and want to ensure that this independent expenditure activity does not become a part of the Massachusetts election for governor; and Because each of the undersigned candidates agrees that they do not want any such independent activity to commence at any time in relation to the 2014 Massachusetts race for governor, and want such activity to immediately cease and desist if at any time it commences; and Because the undersigned candidates recognize that in order to continue to make Massachusetts a national example by ensuring that the billions of dollars which have invaded elections in other states are not spent here and in order to provide the citizens of Massachusetts with an election free of outside third party independent expenditure advertisements and/or direct mail, they must be willing to adhere to an enforcement mechanism that will demonstrate to the outside third party organization that a candidate will not be served by any such independent expenditure and that the candidate’s own campaign will be held responsible. Therefore, each of the undersigned candidates on behalf of their respective campaigns, hereby agree to the following: 1. In the event that a third party organization airs or distributes any independent expenditure broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, online advertising and/or direct mail, or any broadcast or direct mail, in support of a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified candidate, that candidate’s campaign shall, within three business days of discovery of the
advertisement/direct mail buy’s cost, duration and source, pay an amount equal to 100% of the cost of that expenditure to The One Fund. 2. In the event that a third party organization airs or distributes any independent expenditure broadcast (including radio), cable or satellite advertising and/or direct mail, or any broadcast or direct mail, in opposition to a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified candidate, the campaign of any candidate who has been endorsed or expressly supported by the organization engaging in the activity, shall, within three business days of discovery of the advertisement/direct mail’s buy cost, duration and source, pay an amount equal to 100% of the cost of that expenditure to The One Fund. 3. Each of the undersigned candidates and their campaigns agrees that neither they nor anyone acting on their behalf shall coordinate with any third party organization on any paid advertising and/or direct mail activities for the duration of the primary election for the Massachusetts 2014 gubernatorial election. In the event that any candidate or their campaign or anyone acting on their behalf coordinates any paid advertisement and/or direct mail with a third party organization that candidate’s campaign shall pay an amount equal to 100% of the advertisement cost and buy and/or direct mail cost to The One Fund. 4. In the event that any of the undersigned candidates fails to make the required charitable donation within the three business day requirement, the required charitable donation shall be doubled and immediately payable to The One Fund. 5. If any candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Office of Governor of the Commonwealth refuses to sign the Pledge, or reneges at any point during the campaign process on the Pledge, it shall be null and void. This agreement does not apply to spending by state or national political party committees. This agreement shall be subject to M.G.L. c. 55, the Massachusetts campaign finance law. The candidates and their campaigns agree to continue to work together to limit the influence of outside third party organizations and to extend the provisions of this agreement during the course of this campaign as may be necessary.