The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United has unleashed a deluge of political spending by outside groups. The result has been an election process dominated by big money, secret money, and negative advertising. Only a constitutional amendment can ultimately reverse this trend, but candidate negotiated agreements to limit outside spending have produced many desirable outcomes and deserve to be repeated in future races.
Common Cause research revealed that the "People's Pledge" agreement negotiated by U.S. Senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in 2012 greatly reduced the amount of secret money, big money, and negative advertising flooding our elections.
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.