By CRISTINA SILVA
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Republican Dean Heller won’t sign an agreement with Democratic rival Shelley Berkley that would effectively ban third-party spending on television and radio ads in the Nevada U.S. Senate race.
Heller’s campaign called Berkley’s suggestion that both candidates take a pledge against outside advertising “another sideshow.”
The reply came nearly two hours after Berkley announced the plan at a press conference in Las Vegas late Wednesday.
Under the proposal, Berkley and Heller would give 60% of the cost of any ad purchased by a third-party group on their behalf to the charity of the other candidate’s choice.
Heller’s campaign says it would consider the pact if Berkley returned all outside campaign contributions.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Scott Brown agreed to a similar pact in the Massachusetts Senate race.
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