About ten days ago, I received the following email from Leland Cheung’s campaign:
Friends and Supporters,
I was shocked to wake up this morning and find that nearly $20,000 in anonymous Super PAC money had been spent to attack our campaign.
Shocked, shocked, I tell you! He followed up two days later:
Our opponent’s outside groups spent thousands lying about my record, and in response you sent thousands to counteract them. As your neighbor, I’m truly grateful. But we know they won’t stop at this.
Donate now to counteract deceitful Super PAC money.
Terrible, all that deceitful Super PAC money flowing into Massachusetts legislative races. So, imagine my surprise when I opened up BMG this morning, and learned that literally ten times the amount Cheung claims was spent against him – $200,000 – has been dumped into a pro-charter group for the purpose of backing Cheung’s own campaign.
Now, 200 grand is an insane amount for an outside group to dump into a state legislative race. So I’d expect the folks who aren’t a fan of big outside spending – like Cheung, to judge from his emails – to quickly and forcefully condemn that kind of dark money flowing into a race like this one. Haven’t heard anything so far, but maybe I missed it.
In any event, it would be great if both candidates could swear off this kind of thing. Maybe there is some sort of Pledge that both candidates in a race could agree to, that would benefit the People of the district, rather than the outside groups. We could call it a “Pledge for the People” … no, that’s too clunky … what other name might work …?
Disclosure: BMG’s editors have endorsed Pat Jehlen for reelection in this race.