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Coakley asks fellow Dem candidates to sign People’s Pledge


Agreement will keep outside, special interest money out of race for governor

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley, candidate for governor, today called on Steve Grossman and her fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidates to sign a People’s Pledge to keep unwanted, outside special-interest money out of the race for governor. In a letter than can be found here, Coakley asked each campaign to sign to join her in signing a pledge today.

“Massachusetts voters have already made it clear that outside special interest money has no place in elections,” said Attorney General Coakley. “Without a People’s Pledge, we will be taking a giant step backwards in the fight against Citizens United and big money. We have an opportunity to do something about this right now, and I’m asking my fellow Democratic candidates for Governor to join me in signing this People’s Pledge today. I also continue to ask Steve Grossman to stand up against special interests and disavow any SuperPAC formed by his supporters.”

The pledge is modeled after the agreement made by Congressmen Markey and Lynch during their Senate campaign, with an additional provision relative to possible attacks from Republican SuperPACS during the Democratic Primary. The pledge can be found here.

Earlier this week, Coakley expressed her surprise and disappointment that supporters of Steve Grossman had formed a SuperPAC that will potentially pour unlimited amounts of special-interest money into the Massachusetts governor’s race.

Coakley is a proven leader against bringing unwanted, outside special interest money into campaigns. She stood up as the first Attorney General to support the constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United decision and joined with 25 other state Attorneys General in filing a brief with the Supreme Court to protect state’s ability to regulate and restrict corporate political spending.

The Coakley Campaign has launched a strong grassroots campaign, knocking on thousands of doors in every region of the Commonwealth over the past eight weeks. On Wednesday, the campaign was the first gubernatorial campaign to submit the necessary amount of certified signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to qualify for the ballot. The signatures filed represented 270 cities and towns across Massachusetts, and the campaign expects turn in several thousand more certified signatures before the June 3 deadline.