While presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders been relying solely on the people to fund his campaign, Hillary Clinton been filling up her massive war chest with millions of dollars donated by lobbyists and political action committees aka PACs. Well, no more. Sorta.
The former Secretary of State has promised to quit collecting checks from private prison lobbyists and their PACs after receiving mounting pressure from Black Lives Matters and immigration groups. Hillary even plans to donate monies already received to charities.
Black Lives Matter and immigration groups have increasingly called for Hillary Clinton to stop taking campaign donations from private-prison lobbyists, a demand highlighted by a recent protest of a Clinton speech from a DREAMer activist in October.
On Thursday, a spokeswoman for Clinton said she will no longer accept donations from PACs and lobbyists working on behalf of private prisons.
The spokeswoman said in a statement that Clinton believes that this aspect of the criminal justice system is the responsibility of the federal government, and that there is no need for “private industry incentives that may contribute — or have the appearance of contributing — to over-incarceration” in the United States.
“That is why the campaign will not accept contributions from federally registered lobbyists or PACs for private prison companies, and will donate any previous direct contributions to charity,” the statement read. “This is only one of many ways that she believes we need to rebalance our criminal justice and immigration systems.”
Good move after hubby Bill Clinton admitted he made the nation’s criminal justice system worse by signing a bill that made it mandatory for all felonious criminals to receive life sentences under the federal “three strikes” provision.
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