Hearty congratulations to the two Democrats running for Senate: Ed Markey and Steve Lynch have agreed to a “People’s Pledge” that is modeled on the one to which Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown agreed last year. You recall the basic idea: if any outside group (including PACs, national and state party committees, 501(c)(4)’s, 527′s, etc.) spends money to support a candidate or attack the other guy, the beneficiary must donate 50% of the cost of the ad buy to a charity of the other candidate’s choice.
The Lynch/Markey document is very similar to the Brown/Warren one, with one vast improvement: it includes direct mail (apparently robocalls are still not within the agreement’s scope). Also, there is a provision whereby if a candidate who is required to make a donation fails to do so within three days, the amount doubles to 100% of the ad buy. Five days later, the amount increases again.
Very well done of both candidates. I trust we can expect Dan Winslow and Gabriel Gomez to sign on shortly – right Dan?