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September 24, 2019


Asks opponents to commit to keep outside interest money out of Mass election

Boston, MA -- Joe Kennedy III today called on all Democratic candidates in the 2020 U.S. Senate race to take a People's Pledge, which would limit outside spending in the primary election. The People's Pledge first originated in the 2012 Senate race between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown and was credited with successfully limiting the infiltration of both outside interest money and personal attack ads.

Kennedy's call for the pledge follows his commitment to not accept corporate PAC donations for his senate campaign.

"This election will be decided by the people of Massachusetts. It's their voices that should drive our debates, focus our agendas and set the terms of this race," said Kennedy. "The continued influence of unaccountable, outside money in our elections dilutes the power of the people who should be in the driver's seat of our democracy and leaves too many voters feeling like our system is boxing them out. I hope my fellow candidates will join me in pledging to keep Massachusetts votes and voices at the center of this campaign."

Kennedy proposed similar terms to the pledges agreed to in both the 2012 U.S. Senate race and the 2013 Democratic Senate primary. Those agreements stipulated that if an outside group ran an independent expenditure on television, radio, digital or direct mail, the candidate who benefited would donate half of the ad's cost to a charity of the opponent's choosing. With four candidates in the race, Kennedy suggested that each candidate pick a charity and any donations will be split equitably between them.

Kennedy's campaign reached out to his opponents' campaigns this morning and asked to meet in the coming weeks to set the terms of a cooperative pledge.

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Press Releases.