LONG BRANCH – Citing the widely acknowledged positive impact “The People’s Pledge” had on the tone and tenor of the 2012 Massachusetts United States Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Frank Pallone today called on his opponents to join him in signing a similar pledge for this year’s campaign for the special Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate. The Pallone for Senate campaign sent the pledge to Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Congressman Rush Holt and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.
“’The People’s Pledge’ had a tremendous impact on the Massachusetts Senate race in that it allowed for voters to hear directly from the candidates, as opposed to outside special interests and anonymously funded PAC’s,” Pallone said through a written statement. “The Supreme Court made a terrible ruling in the Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates to special interests dominating elections without even having to disclose their donors. The true test of whether someone is a reformer is if they’re willing to take personal responsibility and make a personal sacrifice.”
The candidates are being asked to pledge to make charity donations from their own campaign funds if third party organizations make any expenditures in support of them or against their opponents.
“In signing this pledge, it is my hope that the other three Democratic candidates in the special election will also decide that it is in the best interests of New Jerseyans to bar special interest third party interference in the campaign in all forms – television ads, radio ads, web ads, field programs and direct mail,” Pallone said. “The expedited time frame of this election makes this even more critical. With just over 7 weeks left before Election Day, voters should not be forced to sift through a bombardment of outside promotions and attacks. This campaign must be an opportunity for the candidates to engage in debates, talk about their records, and share their visions for our great state. With issues like immigration reform, gun safety, job creation, a minimum wage increase, marriage equality, climate change and school reform all looming, New Jersey’s Democratic voters deserve the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates. Cory Booker, Rush Holt and Sheila Oliver should immediately sign this pledge to ensure that is exactly what occurs.”
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