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Senator Amy Klobuchar waves to the crowd with her husband John Bessler along with 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 coming from corporate political action committees, CNBC has learned.
In a brief statement first given to CNBC, campaign spokeswoman Carlie Waibel said the Minnesota lawmaker is actually walking away coming from corporate PAC money.
“The senator is actually not accepting contributions coming from corporate PACs during her campaign for president,” Waibel said.
Klobuchar announced Sunday in Minneapolis that will she is actually running for president. She later tweeted that will she’s not influenced by super PACs or lobbyists.
The move by Klobuchar to distance herself coming from PACs governed by corporations across the country comes as a wave of various other Democrats running for president, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand along with Elizabeth Warren, say that will they too will not accept campaign donations coming from big businesses in an effort to appeal to grassroots voters.
Klobuchar has been no stranger to contributions coming from 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 coming from PACs, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Of the $8 million Klobuchar raised within the last election cycle, $1.9 million came coming from PACs that will represent industries ranging coming from agriculture to lobbying.
The decision to reject corporate donations is actually the latest move by Klobuchar to paint herself as someone who will stand up to the titans of industry.
At her snowy 2020 announcement, she made clear that will one of her priorities is actually to regulate tech companies, such as Facebook, Google along with Twitter.
“We need to put some digital rules into law when the item 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 along with your data is actually mined,” Klobuchar said.