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News Release

June 23, 2019

Sacramento Congressional candidate creates political Ice Bucket Challenge; becomes 1st in nation to take “Good Campaign Oath” 

Burdick’ challenges incumbent Rep. Ami Bera, presidential candidates to take Oath too.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – First-time Congressional candidate Jeff Burdick today announced the creation of the “Good Campaign Oath” to challenge more 2020 political candidates to be better stewards of America’s election system. He then took the oath himself.

A progressive Democrat, Burdick is running for Congress in California’s 7th District. In a video released on and, he raised his hand outside the Sacramento County election board and read 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 volunteers and staff; and to support laws that protect and strengthen our democracy. So help me God.”

Burdick said the oath is a response to the ethically erosion of America’s election system, including its corrupting campaign finance laws and Donald Trump’s reluctance to disavow and strongly fight foreign election interference. Burdick also observed that since all winning candidates must eventually take an oath of office to serve and protect our nation’s ideals, why shouldn’t all campaigns start with a similar patriotic pledge.

At the end of his oath video, Burdick challenged his primary opponent U.S. Rep. Ami Bera to take the oath, as well as every 2020 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“The Good Campaign Oath is the political version of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Candidates taking the oath should film it, challenge other candidates to do the same, and post it online with the hashtags #ITookTheOath and #FreeTheVote,” he said. “The goal is to encourage more candidates to be good stewards of the precious democratic system we’ve inherited.”

Burdick’s platform for Congress includes introducing a non-partisan Constitutional Amendment to reform U.S. elections by overturning the Citizens United ruling, banning corporate and PAC donations, and prohibiting gerrymandering. He founded to serve as a national arm of this effort. That site will feature videos of other candidates who take the oath. 

A resident of Sacramento’s Arden-Arcade neighborhood, Jeff Burdick is running in California’s 7th U.S. Congressional district. Visit

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(To read Jeff Burdick’s related open letter and Oath challenge to Ami Bera, click here.)