Pollster says more candidates will start refusing PAC money

Pollster Dan Cox told "What America's Thinking" on Thursday that more political candidates will likely follow in Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden aspires to become America's auto-pen president Progressive Mondaire Jones wins NY primary to replace Nita Lowey OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden pledges carbon-free power by 2035 in T environment plan | Trump administration has been underestimating costs of carbon pollution, government watchdog finds | Trump to move forward with rollback of bedrock environmental law MORE's (I-Vt.) footsteps by refusing to take PAC money, focusing instead on smaller donations. 

"I think you're seeing candidates too, really embrace this, at least on the left, where there's Bernie Sanders raising a large number of small-dollar donations, and are refusing PAC money," Cox, a polling and public opinion research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. 

"I think you're going to see that increasing," he added. 

Sanders made headlines this week, raising $6 million in the first 24 hours after he announced he was launching a second bid for the presidency, breaking the previous record among 2020 candidates of $1.5 million raised in the first day of a campaign, set by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion MORE (D-Calif.). 

A recent Ipsos Public Affairs survey found that most Americans agreed that there needs to be more transparency on the issue of campaign finance reform. 

Sixty-seven percent of Americans said they believed U.S. presidential campaigns should come in a limited time frame, while only 14 percent said they should not. 

Seventy-two percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Republicans said the campaigns should take place in a limited time frame. 

Eighty-eight percent of Americans said political TV ads should be required to disclose who paid for the ad, while 87 percent said the same about online ads. 

— Julia Manchester