POLITICS
12/06/2013 10:02 am ET | Updated Dec 06, 2013

Gabby Giffords' New Gun Control PAC Takes Big Step Forward

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) has taken another step forward on her new political action committee dedicated to gun control.

Politico reported Friday morning that Giffords is moving $300,000 from a closed congressional campaign to Rights And Responsibilities. The first politicians who will profit from those funds supported April's bill on gun background checks, headed by co-sponsor Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

The move comes a little more than two weeks after Giffords changed the name from Gabby PAC to Rights And Responsibilities. According to Roll Call, the PAC had receipts of $20,193 and cash on hand of $14,980 in the first half of 2013. As a traditional PAC, direct donations can be given to specific candidates.

As USA Today noted in late November, Rights And Responsibilities PAC will be separate from Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control super PAC run by Giffords and husband Mark Kelly. Standing as a super PAC, that unit can accept unlimited money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, and then use it to advocate for or against candidates of their choosing. Direct donations to candidates are prohibited.

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