The most successful recent effort to deal with this problem is the People's Pledge that Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren used in their 2012 election. That's why we're proposing one for the 2014 Rhode Island gubernatorial contest. You can read more about it from our Providence Journal op-ed yesterday.
A study by Common Cause Massachusetts found many benefits from a People's Pledge, including:
- A more positive campaign featuring fewer negative outside advertisements
- Less undisclosed money from outside Super PACs and other "dark" money groups
- More small dollar donors