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Congressional Candidate Invites Opponents To Take People's Pledge

Zephyr Teachout is fighting the influence of big money on politics.
Zephyr Teachout is fighting the influence of big money on politics. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Zephyr Teachout invited candidates running for New York's 19th Congressional District to take the “People’s Pledge" to stop the influence on money in politics.

“I’m calling on every candidate in this race to join me in taking the People’s Pledge and reject special interest SuperPAC money,” Teachout said in a statement. “Throughout my career, I’ve never been afraid to stand up for ordinary citizens whose voices are drowned out by special interests, big corporations, and powerful insiders. I’m running for Congress to give people their voices back so together we can address the real concerns facing our communities."

The People’s Pledge originated in 2012 during the Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts when both candidates pledged to reject outside spending on advertising. They agreed to pay a penalty equal to half the amount of any outside expenditure supporting their campaign to a charity of the opponent’s choice.

Teachout is a leading advocate against corruption in politics who ran for Governor as an independent Democrat in 2014. She grew up in a rural Vermont county a few hours from her current home in Dutchess County.

In a letter to the candidates, Teachout said: "I hope you share my commitment to ending the influence of big money in politics – especially DARK money spent by shadowy, outside groups that make little or no disclosure of their funding sources or agenda."

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