Former Alaska Attorney General and current Senate candidate Dan Sullivan supports outside groups spending big money on political campaigns — just not in his state.
Sullivan on Tuesday asked his Democratic opponent, Sen. Mark Begich, to sign a pledge stopping third-party groups from airing TV ads in Alaska. The proposed agreement, which Sullivan said he delivered to a Begich campaign office Tuesday, would stipulate that if any group runs ads in Alaska after July 4, the benefiting candidate's campaign would have to make a contribution to charity worth half the amount of the ad buy. (Party committees, such as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, would be excluded from the agreement.)
It's a move reminiscent of the "People's Pledge" in 2012, a deal struck between Democrat Elizabeth Warren and then-Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, to limit outside influence on their Massachusetts Senate race. And it comes in a state that outside groups have made a top target in 2014 — collectively, they've already reserved $20 million worth of TV ads there, an enormous sum for a state with a sparse population.
"This is nothing new; it has been done, it works," Sullivan said in a conference call with reporters. "All it takes now to work in Alaska is to have Mark Begich's signature on it."¦ This is one point on which we should see eye to eye."