Gillibrand vows to refuse donations from corporate PACs

Gillibrand vows to refuse donations from corporate PACs
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche O'Rourke tests whether do-it-yourself campaign can work on 2020 stage Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC 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. 

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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.