Jane Kim: It’s Time for the People’s Pledge to End Special Interest Spending

State Senate Candidate Urges Opponent Scott Wiener to Join with Her to Discourage Outside “Independent Expenditure” Spending by Adopting Elizabeth Warren’s People’s Pledge

San Francisco, CA – Last week, San Francisco Supervisor and State Senate candidate Jane Kim urged her opponent, Scott Wiener, to sign a clean campaign pledge to take negative advertising and personal attacks out of the race. Wiener responded by hotly defending his “right” to attack Kim and then later to ridicule the entire idea of running a positive campaign. Today, Kim is urging Wiener to sign the well-known People’s Pledge to keep independent expenditures and third parties out of the race.

“It’s clear now that Scott wants to run a negative campaign and that’s unfortunate for voters. I’m happy to consider any counterproposals from him on how to keep our own campaigns directed on the issues. But we must also address the outside forces that could enter into this local debate. That’s why we are redoubling our efforts to create a clean and substantive campaign by urging Scott to sign the People’s Pledge to discourage outside negative attacks. In a time of Citizens United, outside spending by special interests has gotten out of control. It’s time for the People’s Pledge because this is one thing we both can do to leave the decision to voters, not big corporations and special interests,” said Kim.

The People’s Pledge was first created in the U.S. Senate race between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown in 2012. It required that if any independent groups ran advertising in the race, the person benefitting from those ads would donate half the total spend to the charity of their opponent’s choice. For example, if a third party group ran a TV ad benefitting Brown with a total budget of $100,000, Brown would have been required to donate $50,000 to a charity of Warren’s choice.

The Pledge was largely successful in reducing the role of third parties; a later study from Common Cause Massachusetts found, “Outside group spending made up just 9% of total spending in Massachusetts. By comparison, outside groups outspent the candidates in Virginia, Wisconsin, and Ohio by 34% on average. Outside group spending in Virginia, Wisconsin, and Ohio made up 62%, 64%, and 47% of total spending respectively.”

In the primary election for State Senate, independent expenditure organizations spent more than $340,000 to assist Scott Wiener (more than 5 times the amount such groups spent supporting Kim).

Text of the People’s Pledge sent from Kim to Wiener is below.

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The People’s Pledge

Because outside third party organizations – including but not limited to individuals, corporations, 527 organizations, 501(c) organizations, SuperPACs, and national and state party committees – may air, and may continue to air, and/or direct mail independent expenditure advertisements and issue advertisements either supporting or attacking Supervisor Jane Kim or Supervisor Scott Wiener (individually the “Candidate” and collectively the “Candidates”); and

Because these groups function as independent expenditure organizations that are outside the direct control of any of the Candidates; and

Because the Candidates agree that they do not approve of such independent expenditure advertisements and/or direct mail, and want those advertisements and/or direct mail to immediately cease and desist for the duration of the 2016 general election cycle; and

Because the Candidates recognize that, in order to help provide for a State Senate runoff election free of advertisements paid for by third party organizations, the Candidates must agree to, and abide by, an enforcement mechanism that runs not to the third party organizations, but, instead to the Candidates’ own campaigns.

The Candidates on behalf of their respective campaigns hereby agree to the following:

  1. In the event that a third party organization airs any independent expenditure broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, online advertising and/or direct mail in support of a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, that Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s cost, duration and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy and related costs to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  2. In the event that a third party organization airs any independent expenditure broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, online advertising and/or direct mail in opposition of a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, the opposing Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s cost, duration and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy and related costs to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  3. In the event that a third party organization airs any broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, online advertising and/or direct mail that promotes or supports a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, that Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s cost, duration and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy and related costs to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  4. In the event that a third party organization airs any broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, online advertising and/or direct mail that attacks or opposes a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, that Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s cost, duration and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy and related costs to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  5. The Candidates and their campaigns agree that neither they nor anyone acting on their behalf shall coordinate with any third party on any paid advertising and/or direct mail for the duration of the 2016 election cycle. In the event that either Candidate or their campaign or anyone acting on their behalf coordinates any paid advertisement and/or direct mail with a third party organization that Candidate’s campaign shall pay 50% of the cost of the advertisement buy and/or direct mail to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.

Penalties for Breach

In the event that the undersigned candidate fails to make the charitable donation within the three-day time requirement, then the charitable donation shall double the required amount for an additional five days after which if the charitable contribution is not made, then the charitable donation shall increase an additional amount representing an increase of 50% to the immediately preceding required charitable amount.

The Candidates and their campaigns agree to continue to work together to limit the influence of third party advertisements and to close any loopholes (including coverage of sham ads) that arise in this agreement during the course of the campaign.

VIDEO: Jane Kim on Homelessness

Homelessness in San Francisco is a growing crisis that we can’t tackle alone. Homelessness is a statewide issue – and the entire state needs to help solve it. While big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles can and should do more, the reality is that many homeless individuals on our streets are not from our cities, they are from other cities or even out of state.

I’m proposing we declare a California state of emergency on homelessness. Please sign my petition to support this declaration here.

Homelessness: An Emergency We Cannot Ignore

Homelessness in San Francisco – and urban cities across the state – is a growing crisis that we can’t tackle alone.

Homelessness is a statewide issue – California’s homeless population is the largest in the nation and includes countless seniors, children, veterans and people with disabilities.

Make no mistake – we are in a state of emergency.

This is a statewide problem – and the entire state needs to help solve it. The top 5 cities in the United States with the highest rates of unsheltered homeless in 2015 are all in California. Los Angeles alone has seen a 20 percent rise in its overall homeless population from 2014 to 2015.

While big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles can and should do more, and do better, the reality is that many homeless individuals on our streets are not from our cities, they are from other cities or even out of state.

So we must treat homelessness as a regional issue and ask the state for assistance in order to successfully and compassionately address homelessness as one connected challenge, not the sole responsibility of big cities.

That’s why I’m proposing we declare a California state of emergency on homelessness. Please sign my petition to support this declaration.

Sign the petition to ask California to declare a statewide emergency on homelessness.

The state recently took away funds for redevelopment that would have helped fund affordable housing to help those who need it most get off the street. But without the resources, cities are struggling to do more with less.

This problem is not a recent development. It’s been brewing for decades. The federal and state government have retreated their resources for homeless individuals and mental health services. And now with the cost of living in California skyrocketing, the problem has been exacerbated.

Progress is starting to be made. State Senate Democrats recently introduced a plan to provide up to $2 billion for local agencies to construct permanent housing for those living on the streets with psychological disorders. It’s a great first step, and we need to support their efforts to get the legislation passed.

But we need to go further. If California declares a state of emergency on homelessness, cities can receive state funding and staffing resources needed to build more affordable housing, funds to provide more shelter beds, funds for rent subsidies, personnel to provide mental health services and counseling and so much more.

No city in California has been immune to homelessness, and no city can successfully address this problem on its own. I’m proud of the work we’ve done to help our homeless population – especially by creating more affordable housing in our immensely expensive city – but it’s simply not possible to address homelessness in our current budget climate without state assistance.

It’s time to act. Please sign my petition to tell our state government that we need to declare a statewide emergency on homelessness.

Addressing homelessness is not impossible. There are solutions out there – we need to do it together.

Join Congressman Joaquin Castro and me for breakfast next week!

As ballots are still being counted this week, our campaign has pulled ahead of our opponent in San Francisco! We are looking forward to heading into the general election with the wind at our backs – and you can help keep the momentum going!
Congressman Castro is a rising star in the Democratic Party. Elected to Congress to represent Texas’ 20th Congressional District in 2012, he has worked to strengthen education, make college more affordable and support the creation of good-paying middle class jobs. We share a commitment to making sure our government works for all of us – not the special interests.

What: Fundraiser with special guest Congressman Joaquín Castro

When: Thursday, June 30, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
With VIP Reception from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Where: Keker & Van Nest, 633 Battery Street, San Francisco

Tickets: $250 VIP, $100 General Admission, $50 Young Professional / Senior
For more information contact: Davi Lang at davi@janekim.orgI am so honored to have had your support throughout the primary and proud of the work our team has done! Even if you cannot attend the event, please donate $25, $50 or $100 online now! I hope to see you soon!
Sincerely,
Jane Kim

Check Out Our Latest Ad: “Our City”

Our campaign just released our second ad! “Our City” is now running on TV and online and you can see it below.

We’re up against a corporate candidate who has rejected the voluntary spending limits so he can raise an unlimited total from landlords, big corporations and other powerful interest groups. But we can compete and win because we have the strongest message – and because we have the strongest people-powered campaign.

That’s why I hope you will share, like, tweet and forward this ad to your entire network of friends and donate to my campaign so we can keep it on the air.

San Francisco is in real danger of losing the very people that make it the city we love. Families, seniors, artists, students and so many others are being forced out.

I’m proud of the work I’ve done during my time on the Board of Supervisors to create more affordable housing for low- and middle-income families. But I know we need strong voices and leadership in Sacramento in order to truly make this a city that works for all of us.

In the State Senate, I will continue to take a stand for our residents so more people can continue to call our city home.

This is our city – let’s keep it that way.

 

Bernie Sanders has endorsed our campaign!

We have some very exciting news – Bernie Sanders has endorsed our campaign for State Senate!

On Tuesday, Senator Sanders’s campaign announced the endorsement of eight progressive candidates, including myself, in an email to his supporters.

“No president, not Bernie Sanders, not the greatest president you could possibly imagine, can take on the billionaire class alone. And that’s because change never happens from the top down, it always occurs from the bottom up.

That’s why today I am announcing my support for eight progressive state legislative candidates who embody the spirit of our political revolution.”

I am so honored and humbled by Senator Sanders’s support and I have also enthusiastically endorsed his candidacy for President.

Senator Sanders and I share a common vision. A vision where our communities work for all of us – not just those at the very top. We’ve seen the consequences of so a few people having so much, while the rest are shuttered. The middle class is disappearing and the poor can barely survive.

It’s time to fight – time to fight for progressive, compassionate policies that lift all of us up, not just the ultra-wealthy. This means we need to fight for free community college, so everyone has a shot at entering the middle class. This means we need to ensure housing is a right, not a privilege, and create more affordable housing for our low- and middle-income families. And this means we need compassionate policies and services to house the homeless.

Senator Sanders speaks to all of these issues and is leading the fight for working and middle class families at the national level. He’s opened a dialogue that includes the most vulnerable among us who have long not had a voice in government. And he’s shined light on the gross amount of money in politics – something our campaign is struggling with as big corporations and special interests fund our opponent’s race.

Senator Sanders is taking a stand for all of us.

I’m so excited to have Senator Sanders as a supporter and an ally in this campaign. His support is evidence of just how important this race is in the future of the Bay Area.

Please share this great news with your friends and families and be sure to check out our new ad, “Our City.” You can see it here.

RSVP for our first mobilization!

Team Jane is hosting our first mobilization to grow our grassroots network and collect signatures to put Jane on the ballot in June – and you’re invited!

We need you to help Jane qualify for the ballot so she can fight for renters, for affordable housing, for guaranteed shelter for homeless families, for decent jobs and for so much more.

WHAT: Team Jane’s First Mobilization
WHEN: January 31, 12-3 PM
WHERE: Folsom Street Foundry (1425 Folsom St., San Francisco)
Click here to RSVP.

You must be a registered voter in San Francisco to collect signatures for this event. Just click here to download the form, print it out (it must be printed double-sided!) and bring it with you. If you don’t have a printer and can’t print out the form, we can provide it for you, just let us know when you RSVP.

If you aren’t registered to vote, please do so today! It only takes a moment and you can fill out the form online: http://registertovote.ca.gov/.

Please RSVP here – we need your help!

If you’re interested in collecting signatures and you live in San Mateo County, please click here for directions and to download that form.

Former State Senator John Burton Endorses Jane Kim for State Senate

San Francisco, CA – One of the major figures in California politics today announced his support for District 11 State Senate candidate and San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim. John Burton is the current Chairman of the California Democratic Party, the former State Senator for San Francisco, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a former Assemblymember with more than forty years experience fighting for the Bay Area and California families.

Burton said, “From the days of George Moscone, we have had progressive leaders like Carole Migden, Jackie Speier and so many others in the State Senate fighting for San Francisco – and for the whole state of California. Jane Kim’s background and record advocating for renters, for raising the minimum wage, for improving schools and building more affordable housing strongly qualifies her to follow in this progressive tradition and serve the people of San Francisco and San Mateo – and the entire state of California. Having served our city for almost 40 years in the state legislature and Congress I do not give my endorsement lightly. But after studying all of the issues and candidates, I can unreservedly recommend Jane Kim to be our State Senator.”

“It is an honor to have the support of Senator Burton, who has been one of the most influential and respected progressive voices in California,” said Jane Kim. “Having seen San Francisco and the Bay Area change so much, especially in the last two decades, he knows that we must harness every innovative idea, every proven solution and every bit of our strength as a community to maintain the region we love so much. I will work every single day to address the challenges we face and preserve what makes this district so special.”

Senator Burton joins a growing coalition of community leaders and organizations supporting Jane Kim including California Nurses Association, IBEW Local 1245, the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, United Educators of San Francisco, Assemblymember Phil Ting, former State Senator Carole Migden, former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Norman Yee and Aaron Peskin and Daly City Councilmember Ray Buenaventura. Read the full list at www.JaneKim.org/endorsements.