Gillibrand forms a new political action committee, in pursuit of a Moderate Senate

Kirsten Gillibrand. (Photo by Azi Paybarah.)
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is the official organizer of a new joint political action committee called "Moderate Senate 2012," according to a filing last week with the Federal Election Commission.

The PAC is set up to benefit seven of the 23 Democratic senators up for re-election next year, including Gillibrand, Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, Bob Casey, Tom Carper, and both Nelsons, Bill and Ben. 

It's a group that will be key to the Democrats' fortunes in the upper chamber, where they currently hold a shaky six-seat majority. Only Gillibrand and Delaware's Carper occupy what are considered "Solid Democratic" seats by the Cook Political Report, which might be why this particular group wants to emphasize the  "moderate" aspect, for PAC-naming purposes.

Gillibrand, who represented a conservative-leaning upstate district in the House, has been one of the more liberal voices in the Senate since her appointment in 2009 by David Paterson.

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A spokesman for Gillibrand said the PAC was organized for a single joint fund-raiser, per F.E.C. rules, and is unlikely to be an ongoing operation in the future.