Democratic State Senator Will Brownsberger today challenged his rivals to a people's pledge limiting outside spending in the special election to succeed U.S. Senator-elect Ed Markey in Massachusetts' 5th Congressional district.
Modeled on successful agreements from the state's last two U.S. Senate special elections, the pledge would restrict advertising and direct mail spending by outside third party organizations, including but not limited to individuals, corporations, super PACs, unions, non-profits and national and state party committees. Brownsberger is also calling for an even further expansion of any agreement to include his personal policy of not accepting funds from political action committees and both federal and state lobbyists.
"I am urging my competition in this race to do as I've done, which is to live by my principles, refusing money that has no place in Massachusetts elections." Brownsberger said. "Money has become a deeply corrupting force in politics, when the focus should be on tackling the hard issues. In the last two elections Massachusetts voters have made it clear where they stand on outside money, and I stand with them. And when this election is over, four out of five officials will remain in state office, which is why it's even more important to set the right example."
The 2012 agreement between then-Senator Scott Brown and Senator Elizabeth Warren restricted advertising spending in Massachusetts by outside individuals, corporations, super PACs, unions, non-profits and national and state party committees. Earlier this year, then-Representative Ed Markey and Representative Stephen Lynch agreed to a similar pact that included a prohibition on direct mail from such groups. Brownsberger is calling for the people's pledge in the 5th District Congressional race to include the same provisions of the two previous pacts, and also for all candidates to refuse contributions by political action committees and both federal and state lobbyists.