“Scott Brown Is A Man Of His Word”
BOSTON - Upon learning of a third party group running positive online advertising in support of Scott Brown, Jim Barnett, Campaign Manager for Brown for Senate, today issued the following statement:
“This is the first instance that has come to our attention of a group running ads in support of Scott Brown, and although they are positive ads, they are covered by the People’s Pledge. Scott Brown is a man of his word. We are taking steps now to notify this group of the terms of our agreement, we will pay the agreed upon contribution to the charity of Professor Warren’s choice, and we hope and expect this group will honor Senator Brown’s wishes that they cease these online ads immediately.”
The Brown campaign today learned that a group called CAPE PAC was running Google ads promoting Brown. Notably, two pro-Warren groups, ReThink Brown and Bold Progressives, also ran Google ads after the signing of the historic People’s Pledge on January 23, 2012.
Additionally, Barnett today sent the following email to CAPE PAC asking them to immediately cease their online advertising:
To Whom It May Concern,
It has come to our attention that you are running online advertisements supporting the reelection of Sen. Scott Brown. While we appreciate your enthusiasm for Sen. Brown’s candidacy, he and his Democratic opponent, Professor Elizabeth Warren, have signed an historic agreement which Sen. Brown proposed that enforces voluntary financial penalties on campaigns that benefit from outside advertising, including online advertising. I have attached a joint letter from the two candidates outlining this agreement.
Sen. Brown is a man of his word, and as a result of your advertising on his behalf, he will honor the agreement by paying out of his campaign account an amount equal to 50 percent of your spending. In short, while your advertising on his behalf is clearly intended to be helpful, it is actually costing his campaign valuable resources. It is Sen. Brown’s strong desire that outside groups, including those who wish to support him, abide by the terms of the Pledge.