Gillibrand vows to refuse donations from corporate PACs

Gillibrand vows to refuse donations from corporate PACs
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandEquilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Clean power repurposes dirty power Senators hail 'historic changes' as competing proposals to tackle military sexual assault advance Overnight Defense: Military justice overhaul included in defense bill | Pentagon watchdog to review security of 'nuclear football' | Pentagon carries out first air strike in Somalia under Biden MORE (N.Y.) has joined several other Democratic lawmakers in refusing to accept political donations from corporate PACs.

The 51-year-old Gillibrand, seen as a possible 2020 White House contender, stopped accepting donations on Jan. 1, an aide confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

The Democratic group End Citizens United has pushed candidates to pledge not to accept campaign funds from corporate PACs, and endorsed Gillibrand for reelection this year after she committed to the pledge. 

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia Warren-backed amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to defense bill MORE (Mass.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellCongress must act now to pass a bipartisan federal privacy law Democrats introduce equal pay legislation for US national team athletes Heat wave sparks historically unseasonable wildfires in West MORE (Wash.), along with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (I-Vt.), have also pledged not to accept corporate PAC donations.

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Tiffany Muller, the president of the group, praised Gellibrand’s decision in an interview with BuzzFeed News.

"She wanted to do something to show her leadership," Muller said. "People tend to focus on the political reasons behind why this makes sense. One of the key reasons Sen. Gillibrand did this is it's just the right thing to do."

Muller added that the move is part of a growing national trend. End Citizens United has endorsed at least 18 candidates for the 2018 midterm elections, and noted that dozens more have made the same commitment.

"The reason that they're all doing this and campaigning on the issue is they see how much voters feel shut out of the system,” Muller told BuzzFeed. “Like their voice is drowned out."

Updated at 1:37 p.m.