CONTACT: Jake Grant, Outreach Director

Brakey joins nonpartisan coalition that includes Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Jim Banks (IN-3), Rep. Warren Davidson (OH-8), and others.

PORTLAND, ME (November 6, 2017) – State Senator Eric Brakey, running for US Senate in Maine, has officially signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s pledge to reduce spending. The pledge stipulates that Brakey will not vote for any spending without offsets elsewhere in the budget and will vote only for budgets with a path to balance.

Brakey joins hundreds of candidates and elected officials from across the country, including Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01), Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9), Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1), and Rep. Warren Davidson. Brakey is the first candidate in his race to have signed.

Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, released the following statement in response to the news:

“Powerful special interests stand opposed to reducing federal spending, and election promises are often as temporary as the races that produce them. For a candidate to put his name to paper with this pledge shows commitment far above average.”

“We’re thrilled Senator Brakey has done just that,” he added, “and citizens in Maine should be thrilled as well.”

On signing, Brakey released the following statement:

“If our nation ever falls, like so many before us, the cause will not be the enemy at our gates but the debts on our balance sheets. With $20 trillion in debt and $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities, every American taxpayer is on the hook for over $1 million to Washington DC’s creditors. As a younger American, I know this huge problem is going to fall on the shoulders of my generation and that is why I’m working to make a difference right now.”

As the 2018 elections draw closer, the Coalition will reach out to every elected official and candidate for office with the opportunity to go on the record with regard to spending. Its cornerstone project,, tracks what every member of Congress has voted to spend in real time.

The Coalition to Reduce Spending is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to limiting federal spending. Its Reject the Debt spending pledge commits elected officials and candidates to (1) consider all spending open for reduction and vote only for budgets that present a path to balance and (2) vote against any appropriations bill that increases total spending and against the authorization or funding of new programs without offsetting cuts in other programs.

More information, including the full text of the pledge, can be found online at


Jake Grant, Outreach Director