Consalvo slams national education group’s funding of Connolly, renews calls for ‘Boston Pledge’

Responding to the news that a national group will dump half a million dollars into the coffers of one of his opponents, City Councilor Rob Consalvo repeated his earlier calls for the dozen mayoral candidates to take a “Boston Pledge” to swear off outside money.

“We have an opportunity to send the strongest message possible to say that...Boston is not for sale,” Consalvo said in a press call on Tuesday morning.

Consalvo has previously called for the candidates to take the “Boston Pledge,” — a vow to turn down money from special interest groups from outside Boston, similar to the People’s Pledge taken by Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown during their 2012 senate race.

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Often, special interest groups spend money directly on advertisements and canvassing rather than donating money to campaigns, which would be subject to contribution limits.

Under the proposed “Boston Pledge,” candidates would be required to make a contribution to the One Fund matching any money spent by an outside group on behalf of their campaign.

The press call came on the same day that Consalvo launched a radio ad that stressed the need for a ban on special interest and undisclosed money.

The renewed calls for the pledge on Tuesday come as Stand For Children, a national nonprofit, prepares to pour $500,000 for advertisements, phone banking, and door knocking into the campaign for John Connolly, an at-large city councilor and mayoral candidate.

Consalvo has also penned a letter on Monday to Working America PAC, which has endorsed and is monetarily supporting State Rep. Marty Walsh’s mayoral bid, asking them to refrain from spending any more money in the race.

During the call, Consalvo drew parallels to another recent big city mayoral race — the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral race, in which city councilor Eric Garcetti topped City Controller Wendy Greuel in a bitter contest bankrolled by millions of dollars spent by labor unions.

“The LA Mayor’s race has a huge influence by outside money,” said Consalvo, adding that Boston’s voters deserve a race decided on the issues and the candidates themselves, and not outside money.

Consalvo has sent letters to each of the other candidates, asking them to sign onto the Boston Pledge. While some of the candidates have privately decried the influence of outside money in the race, none have responded to Consalvo’s plea.