Step 1: The Good Campaign Oath
Candidates don’t take an oath of office until after they are elected, but by then, hasn’t any ethical damage already be done? The Good Campaign Oath helps identify candidates who are serious stewards of good government from the start.
Challenge your local candidates to take “The Oath” today!
The Good Campaign Oath is the political version of the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” It publicly pledges candidates to run campaigns of the highest ethical nature. Voters can do their part by asking their local candidates to take The Oath. This is a non-partisan effort, so invite candidates of all party affiliations. Call them, email, tag them in Social Media or challenge in person. Click here for draft wording.
Candidates for any office – state, local, federal – are encouraged to take the Oath. Each candidate who takes The Oath should film it and post it to social media with the hashtags #ITookTheOath and #FreeTheVote. This also registers a candidate to be counted among Free The Vote’s Honor Roll of Oath Takers. If you can’t film it, register your pledge online through this link. For inspiration, here is Oath #1:
The Good Campaign Oath
“As a candidate for public service, I do solemnly swear to support and defend America’s great heritage of free, fair elections. This includes my pledge to never engage in illegal, distorting or unethical campaign practices; to quickly report any unlawful or suspect conduct within my campaign or by outsiders – foreign or domestic; to ensure a harassment-free workplace for my staff and volunteers; and to support laws that protect and strengthen our democracy. So help me God.”
An Ice Bucket Challenge for politicians!
Oath #1, Jeff Burdick, Congressional candidate CA-07