Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona has created a political action committee to back candidates no matter what their party affiliation as long as they support tougher gun control measures.
The Arizona Democrat has transferred the almost $300,000 balance from her dormant congressional campaign account to the Rights and Responsibilities PAC, Politico reported
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia are expected to be among the first beneficiaries of her PAC money. The two senators coauthored the bipartisan gun control bill that would have expanded background checks to all commercial gun sales. The measure failed in the Senate earlier this year.
Giffords gave money to Manchin's re-election campaign out of her congressional funds a few months ago. She also donated money to two other senators who supported the Manchin-Toomey measure — Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina.
Giffords became a victim of gun violence in January 2011 when she was shot in the head outside of a supermarket in Tucson, Ariz., where she was meeting with constituents.
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