The goal of CounterPAC’s advocacy

is to incentivize candidates to take reform pledges that bring greater accountability to their own campaign practices, generating models of reform that demonstrate its possibility and underscore its value.

Pledges:

Across the ideological spectrum, an overwhelming majority of Americans agree that the public deserves to know who's paying for the political advertisements that flood our airwaves. Despite this, the amount of secret money in our elections has increased by over 6200% in just six years.

CounterPAC's "no dark money" pledge is a powerful tool that can bring full transparency to political spending by challenging candidates to reject the support of secret donors.

Campaigns

West Virginia 3rd Congressional District, 2014

Our Goal: No Dark Money

After 19-term Democratic incumbent Nick Rahall obstructed a pledge agreement with his opponent, we held him accountable on Election Day.

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Alaska Senate, 2014

Our Goal: No Dark Money

When Mark Begich dragged his feet, we deployed a series of campaigns that forced him to pay attention, ultimately getting him to agree publicly to take our proposed pledge.

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Colorado 6th Congressional District, 2014

Our Goal: No Dark Money

When Mike Coffman refused to take a ‘no dark money’ pledge, we used it as an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to accountability.

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The Candidates reject the following expenditures by any entity unless the funding source of the expenditure is clearly disclosed and can be traced back entirely to one or more of the following "transparent sources":

  • An individual;
  • A well known corporation with revenue from trade or commerce of at least $50 million for each of the past five years;
  • A nonprofit that has more than one million members, has been in existence for more than 10 years, has members in all 50 states and raises 15 percent or less of its funds from corporations; or
  • An entity registered and filing reports as a "political committee" with the Federal Election Commission that has not accepted more than $10,000 from a corporation or nonprofit failing to meet the criteria described above.

Rejected Undisclosed Expenditures. The Candidates reject the following expenditures by any entity failing to meet the criteria described above:

  • independent expenditures, that is, any independent-expenditure television, radio, cable, satellite, or online advertising by a third party in support of or in opposition to a named, referenced (including by title), or otherwise identified Candidate;
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