Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) this week agreed to pay a penalty for radio and print ads run by the American Petroleum Institute urging people to contact Brown and ask him to vote against raising taxes on energy firms.Remarkably, the Warren-Brown campaign now appears to be a Citizens United-free zone. There will be no more dumptrucks of money from secret billionaires funding anti-Warren ads like the one you see at the top of this post.
The payment is part of a “People’s Pledge” between Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren aimed at limiting negative advertising by outside groups. Under the agreement, each side will make a donation to charity equal to half the price of any third-party advertising that violates the deal.
The pact, signed in January, is aimed at providing an incentive for supporters to stay out of the race for fear of financially hurting their favored candidate. Advertising by outside groups in the Massachusetts Senate race has nearly disappeared since the deal was reached, data show.
People power and small donations can now make more of a difference in this campaign than ever, so please, contribute $5 to Elizabeth Warren on Orange to Blue.