Posted: 12:00 pm Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Michelle Nunn calls on GOP rivals to ‘refuse’ third-party ads 

By Greg Bluestein

With millions of dollars in outside spending already shaping Georgia’s Senate race, Democrat Michelle Nunn is calling for a “Peach State pledge” with her two potential GOP rivals to refuse third-party ads. The nonprofit executive sent a letter Wednesday to Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue, who square off in the July 22 GOP runoff, urging them to vow to reject third-party ads in the general campaign.

U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at the Majestic Diner in Atlanta.

Democrat Michelle Nunn, pictured with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, is readying for a general election campaign in her bid for Senate. AJC file

Super PACs and outside groups have bombarded the airwaves ahead of the May 20 primary and this month’s runoff, and millions more will likely be spent through November as Nunn finds herself in the crosshairs.

By their nature, super PACs aren’t allowed to coordinate with campaigns, so even if the three candidates agree to “refuse” the ads, they could continue to run unabated.

But Nunn said in the letter that the pledge would send a signal that Georgians are “tired of politics as usual.” In the Massachusetts Senate run in 2012, Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Scott Brown signed a similar agreement, though it carried a penalty of 50 percent of the cost of ads by an outside group that would go toward a charity of the opposition’s choosing. The idea has caught on.

Candidates in this election cycle in Senate races in Alaska, Kentucky and New Hampshire have all proposed similar pledges, and the Democratic contenders for Rhode Island’s governor’s seat have already signed up. Nunn’s campaign indicated she would only abide by the pledge if the two GOP contenders did so as well.

Leslie Shedd of Georgia Victory, a group created to help the eventual GOP nominee, called Nunn’s pledge a “political stunt” and noted that Nunn, too, has a super PAC at her disposal.

Said Shedd:

“Nunn will directly benefit from the super PAC that was formed by her campaign chairman’s partner to exclusively raise money to spend supporting her Senate bid.  It’s hypocritical, deceptive, and an absolute sham.”

Perdue spokesman Derrick Dickey was not biting either. He chimes in with this:

“This is yet another example of Michelle Nunn’s empty rhetoric. I doubt she has told President Obama, Harry Reid, or her friends in Washington to spend their money elsewhere.”

Here’s a copy of Nunn’s letter:

July 9, 2014

Dear Congressman Kingston and Mr. Perdue,

I write today to ask you to agree to a Peach State Pledge — a pledge to refuse spending by outside groups in Georgia’s U.S. Senate Race. In many cases, these groups will never be forced to disclose who is backing them — preventing Georgians from seeing who is trying to influence our election.  

And unlike television advertisements from each of our campaigns — where by virtue of a clear disclaimer voters know who to hold accountable for the message — that is not the case with third party advertisements. I believe we have an opportunity to send a message to Washington.  

If we can join together and pledge to limit outside spending and third party ads, we can together show that the people of our state are tired of politics as usual.  

That message isn’t exclusively a Democratic message or a Republican message, it’s just common sense. I urge you to seriously consider this offer and have representatives of our respective campaigns meet in the coming days to work on a formal agreement ahead of the General Election.

Sincerely, Michelle Nunn

38 comments
JonLester
JonLester

I plan to refuse all of three of them and choose the third-party candidate.

UGAJD
UGAJD

And here we have another useless, pointless political gesture, courtesy of Ms. Nunn.  The fact is that candidates can't "refuse" third party ads.  Third parties are perfectly free to run there ads without candidate input or consent.  It is their constitutional right. 

td1234
td1234

Nunn is running the most non-descriptive campaign I have seen in quiet a while. She stands for nothing but attempts to come off as a moderate with an independent mind. 


I do not believe it is going to work. Might have been a good idea against Paul or Phil but Kingston is a moderate conservative and it will not work running against him.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Third party ads questioning her bonafides would be tragic, right.  


Samantha is raising tremendous amounts of campaign money from out of state donors trading on Daddy's connections, so how is this different?

DontTread
DontTread

Third party ads or not, I refuse to vote for a Democrat.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

What does she stand for again besides trying to take money sources away from republicans??

honested
honested

Without outside money to try and buy the seat, what hope do sonny's cousin and 'for sale jack' have?

td1234
td1234

Why in the heck would anyone voluntarily give up their advantage in an election?  

Kamchak
Kamchak

EdUktionless boy's poll in 3...2...1....

JackClemens
JackClemens

Yeah, that'll happen. That's where the money against her will come from.

GeorgiaPeaches2013
GeorgiaPeaches2013

@RafeHollister 

Why the name calling? Nunn is trying to limit the third party advertising....and I agree with her that it is good idea.  If you don't understand the difference between out of state contributions (they all have) and third party ads....why comment?

honested
honested

@DontTread 

You help exemplify the problem and help provide us with the most inept 'leadership' in the Country.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@DontTread


Thanks for sharing with the group, Snake. That took a lot of courage! Everyone, let's have a round of applause for Snake.  Good job.


Who's next?

RetiredN2008
RetiredN2008

@EdUktr  My mistake. Se IS 44% according to the polls.  BUT she is ahead of Kingston.  She is absolutely competitive.  What are the numbers for Perdue

RetiredN2008
RetiredN2008

@EdUktr  SORRY.  That is NOT what the polls say.  Read them again !!!  NUNN is ahead of Kingston !!

td1234
td1234

@EdUktr And this is close to what the final numbers will be. 5 to 10 point win for the Republican.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@td1234 - It will work only if Republicans see it as a wash (no advantage).  Nunn has already figured it that way, or a Republican advantage.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Kamchak

—One of 3-4 endlessly repeated responses of the blog’s resident adolescent.

Thankfully, he’s a boy of few words. 

JackClemens
JackClemens

That said, my father-in-law (a veteran of three wars and a longtime Republican) says any candidate who would approve the ads that are like the ones he's seen backing Kingston doesn't deserve to be Senator.

honested
honested

@JackClemens 

Dees peeples wan'ts ta make sure dey has a Senator dat does whut hez told!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@EdUktr 

Whatsamatta, EdUktionless-poo?

Did I steal your wee little thunder?

GaBlue
GaBlue

@Retired-Soldier


It's been awhile, and I was living in another state at the time, but I have voted Republican against Democrat in the past. I would like to vote Libertarian more often, as I think choice is a good thing, but it's hard because they never seem to run anyone who isn't bat-poop crazy -- even at the state level. 


When I cannot abide either the D or the R on the ballot (which is sadly too often), I write in a local citizen instead. :-) 

elroy2002
elroy2002

@GaBlue @Retired-Soldier  There are plenty of libertarians who are not "bat-poop crazy".  This race in particular has Amanda Swafford in the running.  I have meet and talked with her.  She is a very educated individual who will be a very good senator. I think to often people think that libertarians are to "crazy" or want to be anarchist.  Take the are you libertarian quiz on lp.org and you will probably suprise yourself.  

GaBlue
GaBlue

@Retired-Soldier @honested


I'm a fan of both DuBose and Carol. I hope she'll run for office again.


R-S, I took a vow back in the late 90's, while watching my favorite Prez get impeached for doing basically what most of those CongressCritters were/are doing too, because frankly, if they'd been able to get anything more damning on him than that, they would have used it, but they couldn't, so they tried to bury him for denying it, and -- the ladies know -- a gentleman always denies that, thankyewsoverymuuuuch. I swore like Scarlett O' on that hilltop after puking the radish, that I'd never vote Republican again! (I'm afraid of the lightning, so... I don't dare!)

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Retired-Soldier 

My mistake I meant to type Porter.

Lying makes the baby Jesus cry.

Why do you hate the baby Jesus?

Just askin'.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@GaBlue  that's what makes America great, you have your opinion and I have mine. Then we vote and count em up and the winner gets the prize.