- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Common Cause watchdog group on Wednesday asked the Democratic and Republican party nominees for governor to enter into a voluntary agreement that aims to discourage special interest spending in the race.

The group’s Rhode Island affiliate sent letters to Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung seeking support for a “People’s Pledge.”

“We are proud that the People’s Pledge worked as planned in the Democratic primary and voters were spared the special interest attack ads that are a regular feature in other states,” Executive Director John Marion said in a statement. “This election is too important for our state and we need to hear from the candidates.”

Fung said during a GOP primary debate he opposed a pledge for the general election. Spokesman Rob Coupe said Wednesday they’d review and consider the letter.

Raimondo’s spokeswoman, Nicole Kayner, noted Fung’s previously stated opposition but didn’t respond to a follow-up question about whether the treasurer supports one going forward.

Raimondo and the other two leading Democrats signed a pledge in the primary. Under the agreement, any candidate benefiting from an outside group’s advertising had to make a donation to charity in the amount of the ad buy.

Common Cause found one ad that violated the pledge.

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