Democratic US Representative Edward J. Markey indicated Monday that he would work to push campaign financing to the center of the US Senate campaign, trying to use the issue to link Republican nominee Gabriel E. Gomez to national conservative figures unpopular in Massachusetts.
Markey sought to highlight Gomez's refusal to sign the so-called People’s Pledge, an agreement designed to discourage outside campaign spending by requiring candidates to pay 50 percent of the cost of independent third-party ads to a charity of the other candidate’s choice.
In hammering the issue during the early days of the general election, Markey mentioned a roster of reliable antagonists who star in Democratic fund-raising efforts: the conservative political financiers the Koch brothers, GOP strategist Karl Rove, the National Rifle Association, and the Citizens United court case, which permitted unlimited expenditures by corporations and other groups. He also raised the specter of the coal and oil industries flooding the campaign with outside spending.
The technique — tying Bay State Republican candidates to elements of their party more popular in other parts of the country — has a long and often fruitful history. Markey told reporters at the Omni Parker House Hotel Monday that he planned to discuss the pledge “every single day” during the campaign.
“The people of Massachusetts have a right to know who is backing each of the two candidates, so they can make an informed judgment about the source of funding. That is key,” Markey said.
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