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Senator Amy Klobuchar waves to the crowd with her husband John Bessler as well as daughter Abigail Bessler after announcing her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 10, 2019.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar has joined the ranks of various other Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls who are rejecting campaign contributions by corporate political action committees, SouthIndianNews.com has learned.
In a brief statement first given to SouthIndianNews.com, campaign spokeswoman Carlie Waibel said the Minnesota lawmaker will be walking away by corporate PAC money.
“The senator will be not accepting contributions by corporate PACs during her campaign for president,” Waibel said.
Klobuchar announced on Sunday in Minneapolis she will be running for president. She later tweeted that will she’s not influenced by super PACs or lobbyists.
The move by Klobuchar to distance herself by PACs governed by corporations across the country comes as a wave of various other Democrats running for president, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, say that will they too will not accept campaign donations by big businesses in an effort to appeal grassroots voters.
Klobuchar has been no stranger to contributions by corporate PACs during her runs for Minnesota’s Senate seat. In her 2018 re-election campaign, she raked in just under a quarter of her total haul by PACs, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Of the $8 million Klobuchar raised inside the last election cycle, $1.9 million came by PACs that will represent industries ranging by agriculture to lobbying.
The decision to reject corporate donations will be the latest move by Klobuchar to paint herself as someone who will stand up to titans of industry.
At her snowy 2020 announcement, she made clear that will one of her priorities will be to regulate tech companies, such as Facebook, Google as well as Twitter.
“We need to put some digital rules into law when the idea comes to people’s privacy. For too long the big tech companies have been telling you ‘Don’t worry! We’ve got your back!’ while your identities are being stolen as well as your data will be mined,” Klobuchar said.