Gillibrand rejects super PAC support

POLITICO reports that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) publicly rejected the support of "individual super PACs" in her 2020 presidential campaign in comments at a press conference in Troy, NY. Gillibrand's comments leave open the door for her to welcome the support of multi-candidate super PACs--e.g., a super PAC that supports numerous Democrats in the 2020 general election. This nuance was likely intentional.

 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand rejected support from an individualized super PAC in her first public comments since joining the 2020 presidential race, staking out a position on campaign finance that’s defining the early stage of the Democratic primary.

The New York Democrat joins a handful of other likely presidential candidates who have made the same commitment, as Democratic activists place increasing importance on how candidates finance their campaigns. Earlier this month, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on other 2020 candidates to reject super PAC support; Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who’s considering his own presidential run, did the same in his 2018 Texas Senate run. But some candidates are likely to have outside groups backing them in the primary.

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