Warren Campaign to Brown: Tell Karl Rove to Respect the People's Pledge

Brown Meets with Rove at RNC, Same Day Rove Shows MA Senate Ad to Billionaire Donors

Somerville, MA -- Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren's campaign is sending the following letter to Karl Rove and his SuperPAC Crossroads GPS, and to Republican Scott Brown, as a reminder of the People's Pledge signed by both Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidates to stop outside groups from advertising in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts.

"You may not be aware, but earlier this year, both candidates signed what has become known as the ‘People's Pledge' to discourage outside groups from participating in this election. Under the terms of the pledge, if either candidate is helped by spending from outside groups, that candidate must contribute half the amount spent to their opponent's charity of choice. So far this year, Senator Scott Brown has twice paid a fine because of violations of the pledge by his allies," Mindy Myers, Campaign Manager for Elizabeth for Massachusetts wrote to Rove.

"We understand your organization is opposed to Elizabeth's candidacy and seeks to help Republican candidates who will continue to push for tax breaks for big corporations and billionaires and the weakening of Wall Street reform. However, we believe that differences between the candidates on these issues are best debated between the candidates and not via heavy ad spending from outside groups," the letter continued.

A copy of the letter is being sent to Brown and his campaign. According to news reports, Brown met with Rove in Tampa after Rove's meeting with billionaire donors.

"Scott Brown met with Karl Rove in Tampa after Rove pleaded with big donors to help fund attack ads against President Obama and to help Republicans win control of the Senate. Now it's time for Scott Brown to deliver a clear message to Rove to stay out of the Massachusetts race and respect the People's Pledge," said Myers.

As reported in BusinessWeek, "Karl Rove took the stage at the Tampa Club to provide an exclusive breakfast briefing to about 70 of the Republican Party's highest-earning and most powerful donors... After screening a collection of television ads aimed at such Senate battleground states as Massachusetts, the fundraising began in earnest."

The same day, "Brown had a meeting with Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's chief political strategist and now a leading conservative intellect." [Boston Globe, 8/31/12]

"Massachusetts voters don't need Karl Rove coming into our state. In too many races across the nation, Karl Rove and Crossroads GPS have spent millions airing false, negative ads to help Republican candidates. These attacks -- funded by secret donors -- do a disservice to voters," said Myers. "Scott Brown signed the People's Pledge and we, and the people of Massachusetts fully expect him to live up to that pledge and tell Karl Rove to stay out of this race."

A copy of the letter Myers sent to Rove is below.

August 31, 2012

Mr. Karl Rove
Crossroads GPS
P.O. Box 34413
Washington, DC 20043

Dear Mr. Rove,

Today's story in BusinessWeek highlights your efforts to help Republicans win the White House and have Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate. This is no surprise to voters across the nation who are all too familiar with the attacks your organization, Crossroads GPS, has launched at dozens of candidates.

What was surprising is that your group is looking to target the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts despite the pledge both Senator Brown and Elizabeth Warren have signed to keep outside groups out of this race.

You may not be aware, but earlier this year, both candidates signed what has become known as the "People's Pledge" to discourage outside groups from participating in this election. Under the terms of the pledge, if either candidate is helped by spending from outside groups, that candidate must contribute half the amount spent to their opponent's charity of choice. So far this year, Senator Scott Brown has twice paid a fine because of violations of the pledge by his allies.

We understand your organization is opposed to Elizabeth's candidacy and seeks to help Republican candidates who will continue to push for tax breaks for big corporations and billionaires and the weakening of Wall Street reform. However, we believe that differences between the candidates on these issues are best debated between the candidates and not via heavy ad spending from outside groups.

I hope you will respect the People's Pledge here in Massachusetts.

Sincerely,

Mindy Myers