Petition Closed

Outside funding has perverted our election process, largely due to the Citizens United decision. Corporations, unions, and even foreign entities can provide unlimited funds to try to buy elections. Their advertising is overwhelmingly negative, and often consists of half truths or outright lies. Senator Scott Brown and his challenger in the Massachusetts race for U.S. Senate signed an agreement in January that they call the “People’s Pledge” that has resulted in far less outside negative advertising. This petition urges U.S. Representative Scott Tipton and his challenger, Sal Pace, to create a similar agreement in their race for Colorado’s 3rd District.

Letter to
Representative Scott Tipton and challenger Sal Pace
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Representative Scott Tipton and challenger Sal Pace.

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Agree to limit outside political advertising

To Scott Tipton and Sal Pace:

Outside funding has perverted our election process, largely due to the Citizens United decision. Corporations, unions, and even foreign entities can provide unlimited funds to try to by elections. Their advertising is overwhelmingly negative, and often consists of half truths or outright lies.

Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, his challenger in the Massachusetts race for U.S. Senate, signed an agreement in January that they call the “People’s Pledge”. If either candidate benefits from a third-party ad, they must pay a penalty to a charity chosen by the other candidate. Both Brown and Warren asked outside groups to avoid advertising, making it clear that outsiders’ spending would damage the candidate they intended to help. This is an agreement between the candidates, not a law or regulation. Candidates can still advertise in any way, including negatively, with their campaign funds. According to the Boston Globe and National Public Radio, the result has been a tremendous decline in outside and negative advertising.

I urge you to create a similar agreement in your race for Colorado’s 3rd District. Negative ads have already started, and with the importance of every seat in the House of Representatives, it's likely to get much worse. Please help return balance and civility to our election process.
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Sincerely,