West Virginia
3rd Congressional District, 2014

Goal: No Dark Money

When 19-term incumbent Nick Rahall blocked a pledge agreement, we held him accountable.

In WV-03, after 19-term Democratic incumbent Nick Rahall obstructed a pledge agreement with his opponent, we held him accountable by running ads in his district that highlighted his choice to side with secret donors over voters. In a race that Politico had called one of the tightest in the country, Rahall ultimately lost, and polling showed that our campaign played a meaningful role in the outcome.

Timeline

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  • Press
    Press • July 31, 2014 3rd District race subject of push to avoid ‘dark money’ Charleston Gazette

    Having made his fortune as creator of the online gaming company Kongregate, Jim Greer is trying to take a stand against the inundation of “dark money” political attack ads that he believes are taking over elections across the U.S. Greer founded CounterPAC, a new group he thinks has a simple plan for countering the millions of dollars these groups are spending to affect the outcome of Congressional elections across the country.

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    Press • August 1, 2014 Rahall rejects Jenkins’ bid to ban outside money Charleston Gazette

    It didn’t take long for Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., to reject an invitation from his Republican opponent, state Sen. Evan Jenkins, to ban outside spending in their race for Congress. Friday morning, Jenkins proposed a ban on all spending by outside groups and on campaign donations from political action committees — after such groups already have played a significant role in the campaign for both candidates. About two and a half hours later, Rahall’s campaign emphatically declined to participate, saying it was too late.

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    Press • August 2, 2014 Statehouse Beat: Outside money twisting W.Va. races Charleston Gazette

    Although it appears nothing will come of it in the state’s 3rd Congressional District race, an effort by Silicon Valley Internet gaming entrepreneur Jim Greer to stem the inundation of “dark money” political attack ads by outside interest groups (often with secret donors) deserves kudos.

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  • Press
    Press • August 10, 2014 'Dark money' finds its way to W.Va. The Herald-Dispatch

    The dog days of summer have slowed down the ad blitz in the race for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, but don't expect that to last long.

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  • Press
    Press • August 22, 2014 Editorial: Candidates and voters can decide if outside campaign spending is a problem Charleston Daily Mail

    Why not take the pledge to eliminate dark money in the race? It could be a nice test of this new idea in West Virginia, bring about a cleaner, more positive campaign that deals with issues important to West Virginians, and not necessarily outsiders. Voters who are concerned about outside money will take note, especially if one candidate is willing to accept the pledge and the other not.

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  • Press
    Press • September 26, 2014 Groups says WV Third Congressional District race has reached over $4 million spent The State Journal

    According to CounterPAC, a non-partisan group advocating for more transparent elections, the Third Congressional District race in West Virginia has received more than $2 million from outside groups that would not disclose a funding source.

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  • Pledge Proposal
    Pledge Proposal • September 27, 2014 Nick Rahall: Time to pull back curtain on dark money

    The Center for Public Integrity has released findings that, while not surprising, were shocking nonetheless. They found that a secretive network of non-profit organizations affiliated with a pair of billionaire brothers will be responsible for airing one in 10 political ads in 2014 U.S. Senate races. Here in West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional district, those same shadow groups are on track to spend over $3 million trying to elect my opponent, Evan Jenkins.

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    Meeting • October 7, 2014 Nick Rahall absent from pledge agreement meeting

    A meeting between the campaigns of State Sen. Evan Jenkins and Rep. Nick Rahall that could have brokered a deal on limiting spending devolved into a testy exchange as Jenkins lectured Rahall's campaign manager for the congressman's refusal to attend.

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    Press • October 7, 2014 With Rahall absent, meeting to limit outside spending fizzles Charleston Gazette

    In a post-Citizens United world, it's not easy limiting outside spending in politics, especially with millions of dollars already spent.

    A meeting between the campaigns of State Sen. Evan Jenkins and Rep. Nick Rahall that could have brokered a deal on limiting spending devolved into a testy exchange as Jenkins lectured Rahall's campaign manager for the congressman's refusal to attend.

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  • Press
    Press • October 7, 2014 Talks to limit outside spending in 3rd congressional district stall Charleston Daily Mail

    With millions in out-of-state money already spent on the race for West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, candidates are proposing a last-minute halt on special interest spending in hopes of having a more transparent election.

    But the talks between state Sen. Evan Jenkins and incumbent Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., broke down Tuesday when Rahall failed to show up to a meeting brokered by CounterPAC…

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  • Broadcast Ad
    Broadcast Ad • October 22, 2014 "Who's pulling Nick Rahall's strings?"

    When 19-term incumbent Nick Rahall blocked the pledge agreement, we held him accountable by running ads in his district that highlighted his choice to side with secret donors over voters.

  • Press
    Press • October 23, 2014 Tech PAC needles Rahall Politico

    CounterPAC is out with an ad hitting West Virginia Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall for his refusal to turn down outside money on his behalf. The ad, supported by a six-figure buy, is slated to run on West Virgini broadcast, according to a spokesman for the group. Rahall drew the ire of the ire of the PAC after he stood up his opponent at a planned meeting to discuss curbing the influence of outside money in the contest.

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  • Pledge Proposal
    Pledge Proposal • October 30, 2014 Jim Greer: A lost opportunity for a more accountable election

    Because Rahall refused to ultimately finalize an agreement, there will be no relief for voters from the onslaught of ads. Outside groups receiving money from untraceable sources have already spent more than $2 million on the Rahall/Jenkins race alone.

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