Gillibrand vows to refuse donations from corporate PACs

Gillibrand vows to refuse donations from corporate PACs
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' 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 Ann WarrenSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (Mass.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellSenate votes to extend key funding mechanism for parks White House poised to take action on AI, 5G Overnight Energy: States press Trump on pollution rules | EPA puts climate skeptic on science board | Senate tees up vote on federal lands bill MORE (Wash.), along with Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' 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.