Influence: Khanna Starts PAC-free Caucus — Forbes Tate Poaches Palmer — Freedom Partners Registers to Lobby

A NEW CAUCUS FOR MEMBERS WHO DON’T TAKE PAC MONEY: Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is starting a new caucus for members who have sworn off contributions from PACs or lobbyists. The caucus, called the NO PAC Caucus, is “designed to encourage members of Congress to voluntarily not accept PAC money and to push for legislation that ultimately bans PAC money from Congress,” Khanna said in an interview. The caucus has just two other members so far — Reps. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) — but Khanna is recruiting Republicans and Democrats, including Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), Francis Rooney(R-Fla.) and John Sarbanes (D-Md.), to give the caucus bipartisan bona fides. Both President Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigned on reducing the influence of special interests in Washington, Khanna noted. “I think this is bipartisan,” he said…

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