Kamala Harris will no longer accept corporate PAC money

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate passes 6B defense bill Cuomo will not deploy National Guard to border over Trump family separation policy Colorado governor bars state resources for Trump family separation policy MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday she will no longer accept donations from corporate PACs, the latest in a string of progressive Democrats who have vowed to do so.

Harris told the hosts of “The Breakfast Club” radio show in New York that she was caught off guard when asked recently at a town hall about accepting corporate donations. She said at the time it "depends."

“So I’ve actually made a decision since I’ve had that conversation that I’m not going to accept corporate PAC checks,” she said Monday.

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“We’re all supposed to have an equal vote, but money has now really tipped the balance between an individual having equal power in an election to a corporation,” she added. 

Harris said the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which allowed corporations to make unlimited political contributions, has resulted in an “outsized influence” on politics.

Harris joins Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerTo strengthen our democracy, we need to remove obstacles that keep students from voting Members of Congress demand new federal gender pay audit The Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate passes 6B defense bill Congress must confront sexual abuse of military children The Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? MORE (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump surprises with consumer agency pick Senate passes 6B defense bill Dems must stop picking foxes to guard the financial hen house MORE (D-Mass.), Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellEnergy commission sees no national security risk from coal plant closures OPEC and Russia may raise oil output under pressure from Trump Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers MORE (D-Wash.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate passes 6B defense bill Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Kasich: There’s a disease in American politics MORE (I-Vt.) in pledging not to accept corporate PAC donations.

Harris is considered a potential candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. She demurred when asked about that possibility on Monday. 

“Right now, I’m just focused on what’s in front of me,” she said, adding that she’ll be working to turn out Democratic voters in this year’s midterm elections.