'People's Pledge' Made Strides in 2014

Dec. 19, 2014 —The number of candidates proposing pledge agreements to deter major outside group election spending increased dramatically in the 2014 elections, a new Public Citizen report shows. In such pledge arrangements, candidates agree to agree to make donations to charity if an outside group spends money to assist them.

Although few candidates entered into pledge agreements, as opposed to proposing pledges, there were many  positive signs in 2014 for those who wish to curtail outside spending using pledges in the future. For example, the field of candidates proposing pledges was bipartisan, the public has expressed approval of the pledge and, most importantly, the pledge has repeatedly succeeded in fulfilling its goals in contests in which all candidates have agreed to it.