People's Pledge

As shadowy "Super PACs" and their secret donors funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns elsewhere, 2012 Senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts agreed to a "People's Pledge" that could create a new model for campaign finance. Studies by Common Cause Massachusetts demonstrated that the candidates' agreement to make charitable contributions to offset spending by outside groups kept most of those groups out of their contest.

Common Cause Rhode Island has facilitated a similar agreement between three major candidates for governor in the 2014 Rhode Island Democratic primary and has called on Republican candidates there to take a similar pledge for their primary.

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Common Cause is proud to announce that the major Democratic candidates for Rhode Island governor have signed a People's Pledge to discourage often negative and sometimes undisclosed outside spending in the primary election. Clay Pell, General...

Rhode Island People's Pledge
April 29, 2014

Common Cause is proud to announce that the major Democratic candidates for Rhode Island governor have signed a People's Pledge to discourage often negative and sometimes undisclosed outside spending in the primary election. Clay Pell, General...

Rhode Island People's Pledge
April 29, 2014

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