Buttigieg's Campaign Manager Mike Schmuhl said in an email on Friday that the campaign would return $ 30,250 from 39 individuals.
"Mayor Pete is not influenced by special interest money, and we understand that the promise of this pledge is an important part of that commitment," Schmuhl said in the email to followers.
"Committing to our collective values not only implies that we believe that campaigns should not take money from lobbyists, it also means being aware of the loopholes that still have special interests in influencing the campaign ", he said.
The decision of the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, reflects a reality of the presidency presidency of 2020: the cost of attack by opponents who refuse lobbyists and activists could outweigh the benefits of this money.
Buttigieg can afford it too: his campaign brought in more than $ 7 million in the first quarter of 201
In the email, Schmuhl said Buttigieg will no longer accept money from registered lobbyists or allow these lobbyists to act as coordinators. who collect checks from other donors for the campaign.
This decision comes before a planned fundraiser next month, to be co-hosted by Steve Elmendorf, a big Democratic donor and lobbyist.
Schmuhl also said the campaign will add new language to its entry forms to make these rules clearer and introduce internal audits to ensure that the rules are followed.
And, according to Schmuhl, Buttigieg's campaign will not accept any money from political committees or the fossil fuel industry.
"They have kept us up to a higher standard and we are grateful for your partnership and we will need your continued support," he wrote.