Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn challenged her future Republican rivals to swear off outside PAC spending in what she calls a “Peach State Pledge.”
Dear Congressman Kingston and Mr. Perdue,
I write today to ask you to agree to a Peach State Pledge — a pledge to refuse spending by outside groups in Georgia’s U.S. Senate Race. In many cases, these groups will never be forced to disclose who is backing them — preventing Georgians from seeing who is trying to influence our election.
And unlike television advertisements from each of our campaigns — where by virtue of a clear disclaimer voters know who to hold accountable for the message — that is not the case with third party advertisements. I believe we have an opportunity to send a message to Washington.
If we can join together and pledge to limit outside spending and third party ads, we can together show that the people of our state are tired of politics as usual.
That message isn’t exclusively a Democratic message or a Republican message, it’s just common sense. I urge you to seriously consider this offer and have representatives of our respective campaigns meet in the coming days to work on a formal agreement ahead of the General Election.
As the AJC’s Greg Bluestein points out, these Super PACs cannot coordinate with campaigns so the Peach State Pledge has no teeth.
The Georgia GOP responded this afternoon, pointing out all the Super PAC money lining up to support Nunn:
“Nunn’s so-called ‘Peach State Pledge’ is nothing more than a political stunt,” said Leslie Shedd, spokeswoman for Georgia Victory. “It’s the latest attempt by the Democrat to mislead Georgia voters into believing she’s something she’s not. The truth is that Nunn’s campaign is being funded by outside money raised by DC Democrats and liberal special interest groups. Nunn will directly benefit from the super PAC that was formed by her campaign chairman’s partner to exclusively raise money to spend supporting her Senate bid. It’s hypocritical, deceptive, and an absolute sham.”