The Plea for a Pledge campaign seeks to educate the public and press about the benefits of limiting outside money in our elections, encourage future candidates to negotiate similar agreements with their opponents, and ultimately build support with our elected officials for legislative change. Learn More ›
Big money has long dominated our elections, and the problem has only worsened since the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in 2010, which allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on our elections.
The problem with money in politics is not so much the amount that is spent on campaigns as it is who pays for them, what they get in return, and how that affects public policy and spending priorities. Common Cause Massachusetts is working diligently to expose the role of special interests and promote reforms that put democracy back in the hands of "we the people."
We are fighting for greater campaign finance disclosure at the state and federal level, tighter rules on coordination between Super PACs and candidates, a U.S. Constitutional amendment to allow Congress and the states to limit spending by these "independent" political groups, public financing of elections, and candidate pledges to reject outside spending in their election.