PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Now that special interest groups can raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash on elections, candidates in races in Rhode Island are looking for ways to voluntarily limit their political influence.
The three Democratic candidates for governor say they want to keep super PACs out of an already expensive race, but they can't agree on the details.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras wants to make candidates donate money to charity when a super PAC attacks their opponent. Treasurer Gina Raimondo's campaign wants a ban on campaign spending by any outside group. Clay Pell's campaign says it's open to discussing proposals.
Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller is skeptical. She says money has so much influence in elections it may be difficult for the candidates to impose restrictions that work.
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