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Patrick Murphy rejects Alan Grayson’s “People’s Pledge” on accepting third-party campaign contributions

During the 2012 U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown, the two candidates signed a “People’s Pledge.” Under the pact, a candidate who benefited from a third-party ad had to pay a penalty to a charity chosen by the other. As the candidates wrote in a letter to third-party groups: “Your spending will damage the candidate you intend to help.”It ended up working, and observers say the tone of the campaign improved after that.

Now Alan Grayson is calling on Patrick Murphy to sign a similar pledge as their Democratic senate campaign kicks into high gear.

“So Patrick — I know you read my emails — for once in your life, do the right thing, and take the People’s Pledge. No matter who wins this primary, the people of Florida deserve a leader who is not shackled by Super PAC sewer money.”

Grayson is calling on his supporters to sign a petition calling on both candidates to agree to keep Super PAC money out of the Democratic Senate race. Although in his caustic fashion, it doesn’t exactly sound like he expects Murphy to agree.

“Elizabeth Warren negotiated the original People’s Pledge in her 2012 U.S. Senate race. Patrick Murphy won’t even talk about it. That’s what I’d expect from my Republican opponents, but maybe that’s exactly what Patrick is: a Republican. I shouldn’t be surprised to see a former Republican like Patrick act like a Republican – an elephant can’t change its spots.

How can Patrick ever truly represent the people of this state if he takes his marching orders from anonymous, undisclosed, and unregulated Super PACs? How can he help the people who need it the most, if he’s in the pocket of Wall Street bankers?”

As Grayson himself often notes, he’s the top candidate in the country in attracting small-donations, so the pact would undoubtedly benefit him.

“Patrick Murphy has co-sponsored the bill to overturn Citizens United, and is proud to be endorsed by End Citizens United, a group dedicated to reversing the Supreme Court decision,” responded Joshua Karp, a spokesman for Congressman Murphy. “In the Senate he’ll vote to do just that. Meanwhile, Alan Grayson has promised to fund his campaign with his vast personal wealth, including his ethically challenged Cayman Island hedge funds. He has accepted the support of the Club For Growth, a right-wing dark money group that wants to privatize Social Security and Medicare. This is not a serious conversation with Alan Grayson.”
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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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