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Klobuchar will not take corporate PAC money for presidential campaign

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is rebuffing campaign contributions from corporate political action committees a day after declaring her bid for the White House.

Carlie Waibel, a spokesperson for Klobuchar’s campaign, said that the nascent presidential candidate will not accept money from corporate PACs, following the lead of other Democratic hopefuls.

{mosads}”The senator is not accepting contributions from corporate PACs during her campaign for president,” Waibel said in a statement first reported by CNBC on Monday.

Klobuchar announced her candidacy for her party’s 2020 presidential nomination on Sunday at an event in her home state of Minnesota, making her the latest Democrat to throw their name into the rapidly growing primary field.

That announcement came a day after one of Klobuchar’s fellow senators, Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), made her candidacy official during a kick-off event in Massachusetts.

Warren has also pledged not to take corporate PAC contributions to her campaign.

Among the other candidates to publicly reject corporate PAC money are former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Another 2020 contender, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), said last year that she would no longer accept donations from such PACs.

The decision by several candidates to divest from corporate PAC contributions reflects growing opposition to big-dollar donations among the Democratic Party’s voter base.

At the same time, candidates are relying increasingly on small-dollar contributions facilitated by ActBlue, the Democratic Party’s online fundraising platform.

Tags 2020 election Amy Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar corporate PAC money Democratic primary Elizabeth Warren Kirsten Gillibrand

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