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“Millions and millions of dark, unreported, secret money flowing into campaigns year after year is corrupting our democracy. That’s why I’ve led in Olympia and passed statewide campaign finance reform, which is why Seattle has publicly financed campaigns now. But we have an opportunity to do even more, in this campaign, in this district. And that is for all of us to agree to a people’s pledge rejecting all independent expenditures in this race—that secret money that is corrupting our democracy. So I would invite all of the candidates in this race to agree to denounce outside independent expenditures just like Elizabeth Warren did successfully in Massachusetts. We have a chance to lead. I invite you to join me.”

–Joe McDermott (May 25, 2016)

This is a pledge to the people of Washington’s Seventh Congressional District. We are deeply concerned about the disastrous effects that the Citizens United decision are having on our campaign finance system. This ruling has paved the way for corporations, billionaires, and outside groups to spend unlimited amounts of dark money on our electoral process resulting in a dysfunctional Congress that answers to major campaign contributors rather than the people they were elected to represent. The people of our District deserve the freedom to select their own representative in Congress — one who advances the progressive legislation that is important to our District — without being bombarded by dark-money influences that are destroying our democracy.

We must overturn Citizens United and take big money out of politics. Citizens United is the crux of the issue — we cannot successfully implement the substantive progress that our District’s residents mandate in a Congress run by outside money. For this reason, we pledge to make repealing the Citizens United ruling our top priority once in Congress.

We are pleased that a strong progressive will win this race no matter the outcome. To run the kind of transparent and democratic congressional race that the people of our District deserve, we call upon all outside third party organizations — including but not limited to individuals, corporations, 527 organizations, 501(c) organizations, Super PACs, and national and state party committees — to not make any independent expenditures and stay out of our race. We pledge to reject and condemn any and all independent expenditure spending — including but not limited to television, radio, online, and print advertising and paid canvassing and paid phone banks — for the duration of the 2016 election cycle…

Current 7th Congressional District candidate signatories:

Joe McDermott (May 25, 2016)

Dr. Arun Jhaveri (June 13, 2016)

Most recent signed copy of the People’s Pledge:

Washington's 7th Congressional District People's Pledge - 05-25-