Segal & Cicilline wrangle over pledge

Providence, R.I. – Democratic 1st Congressional District candidates David Cicilline acknowledges that he did not sign a campaign finance pledge circulated by MoveOn.

During a televised debate Tuesday sponsored by WRNI, ABC6 and the League of Women Voters, 1st Congressional District candidate David Cicilline said he has signed a pledge circulated by the activist group MoveOn in support of the Fair Elections Now Act. The act is meant to reduce the influence of money in politics.

But Cicilline is not among the candidates who have signed the MoveOn pledge, according to a related Web site.

Cicilline's campaign manager, Eric Hyers, says, "David was referring to his support for the Fair Elections Now Act, not the [MoveOn] pledge," Hyers says. "What David's been talking about goes further than the pledge. The pledge only calls for a five-year ban on members of Congress becoming lobbyists, and David's adamant that that needs to be a lifetime ban."

Click on the audio icon to hear the candidates wrangled over the pledge during the debate.