It's only July and negative campaign ads have already begun in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that money equals speech, special interests have been flooding our elections with cash. The result has been an election process dominated by secret money and negative advertising.

In an effort to stem the tide of negativity, Common Cause/PA has asked Gov. Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf to sign the People's Pledge. Designed to curb the influence of dark money groups and anonymous donors in campaigns, the pledge commits candidates to making charitable contributions from their campaign treasuries to offset funds spent on their behalf by independent super PACs and nonprofit groups.

We urge Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf to sign the People's Pledge. Their commitment would spare Pennsylvania voters from a barrage of mudslinging attack ads and would encourage a clean campaign with honest and robust debate.

ELIZABETH RANDOL

Vice chair for issues

Common Cause/PA



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